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.

#49 Not cross-platform, not standards-compliant

by Anon

Wednesday September 1st, 1999 4:06 PM

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I know that IE isn't standards-compliant and cross-platform, and I actually support the project whole-heartedly and do bug reports regularly. I was just trying to make a point. My regular browsers on my Mac are currently Netscape 4.61 and iCab 1.6 (I confess to using IE 4.5 from time to time, but try to avoid it do to its slow rendering and the fact I have an anti-M$ streak), but I will be switching over to Mozilla once it gets finished (and assuming the speed problems are ironed out, though they haven't been nearly so bad for me as has been reported).