Mac Needs an Alternative to Mozilla?
Monday August 30th, 1999
Apparently there is a bit of dissension in the Mac ranks over the state of Mozilla on their platform. According to one post at MacDiscussion, Mozilla is called "less than desirable in terms of the resources it uses and the general speed of the browser". Another post describes an average start time of 3.5 minutes (it should be noted that this is on a slower machine - a 180Mhz 604e). This is surprising to me, because this isn't the case on the Windows platform. If Mozilla actually is slow on the Mac, does anyone know why? Are these issues being addressed? I'm usually wary of posting comments like these so early in the development process, but these experiences run contrary to my experience with Mozilla, and I'm curious to know if others have the same issues on the Mac.
Thanks to George for this news.
#34 Why just Mac?
Tuesday August 31st, 1999 8:26 PM
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Yes, the code is slow right now. Yes, it is development.
Why did you pick just Mac? Yeah, Mozilla does run at a nice speed in Windows, but in Linux it's just about unbearable (I've had cases where a CSS A:hover took about 5 seconds before it appeared... I can give you an URL with an example if you'd like). You probably haven't heard many complaints from Linux users because we still don't have a good, fast browser (Before you say Lynx, let me add: that supports more than just HTML). The Netscape 4 port is downright aweful. There are tons of bugs, and they statically linked it to Motif, which isn't just ugly, it's HUGE.
So, don't just complain about the Mac version, get ALL OF THEM to run faster.