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.

#54 Mozilla is fast for me.

by Anon

Thursday September 2nd, 1999 12:31 PM

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I get startup speeds of seven seconds sometimes on my G3/350. True it varies wildly, but the longest I've had to wait is about 30.

M9 is my first experience with Mozilla, and I am impressed. Live window resizing, and realtime re-renderring of the tables as you resize. If ever something in a web browser made my jaw drop, it was this. It's good that Nav. Services are supported too. I'm sick of Netscape telling me that 700 files in a directory is too many.

What I do think needs fixed is the way the appearance is implemented. But since Moz is open source, I can always hope that some friendly group of Mac coders will replace it with an appearance manager UI. OS Themes are the key. IMO. Not a skin for each individual app.