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.

#40 Mac Needs an Alternative to Mozilla?

by Ben_Goodger

Tuesday August 31st, 1999 11:17 PM

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you're right, and that's the beauty of XUL. even if you make changes that are some personal fetish, and they don't go into the product, you can distribute them from your site after release!

what's more, the widgets are either system native or ass-ugly right now, but the finished ones (see the gfx widgets page at look respectably Mac like. (I dont think windows/*nix users will care, software for both systems tends to be a mix of different design themes). The XP widgets look to be a definite improvement over Windows ones, and (IMO) as pretty as Mac ones, while being easily identifiable.