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.
#6 Its unfinished!
Tuesday August 31st, 1999 7:42 AM
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(this is to the articles linked, not the above posters)
I get sick of people whining about the performance of an unfinished browser. Mozilla needs to display a notice on starting up saying "if you're the type whose views of Mozilla will be forever based on the perfomance of this pre-alpha developer release, please click here to close".
Recent builds of Mozilla on Win32 have leaked huge amounts of memory, bringing my (relatively ample) system to a grinding halt, and yet I do not lose faith in the validity of the product. Its not a beta, its not a release candidate, its not even an alpha. Its being actively constructed. Don't tell me all software projects are fast loading, non-memory-leaking or good looking DURING CONSTRUCTION.