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.

#9 These comments were *asked* for

by Ben_Goodger

Tuesday August 31st, 1999 8:37 AM

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saying that there are performance issues is justified, yes. its even very helpful, especially if these performance issues are unique and reported to the developers.

However writing doom-gloom pieces saying that Moz better shape up (when its most obvious that it WILL) aren't helpful, other than for "any publicity is good publicity" purposes. The articles also gave me the impression that they'd lost [at least a little] faith in Moz, and wanted other browsers to appear to take on IE, as if Moz was dead or dying, and IE was going to take over: "Let's just all hope that someone will pull together something for all of us Mac users so that we don't have to fall under the hand of Bill."

Furthermore, the noses of the developers are most certainly the grindstone, the developers working on Mozilla need no encouragement in that regard.