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.
#61 M9 on a PPC 603 120Mhz...
Thursday September 16th, 1999 4:02 PM
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Mozilla's rendering speed seems very slow under Windows. I am running M9 on a 266MHz Pentium II laptop with 64MB RAM (under Windows). It takes Mozilla 4.5 seconds to render a rather large table I have (not nested), while it takes Netscape 4.61 only 1.9 seconds and Internet Explorer 5.0 only 1.3 seconds to render the same table. The table is located on my local disk, and I am loading it as a file.