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Mozilla, getting better?

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2:28 pm on Jul 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I've been the first to bash mozilla recently (the open source Netscape successor - see [mozilla.org...] )so it's only fair that I point out when I see something good :).

I downloaded the latest nightly build last night and I have to say it it much faster than previous and seems as fast or faster than Opera. I havent used it for long enough to identify any stability problems though.

Anyone else keeping tabs on the nightly builds?


2:58 pm on Jul 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I have been using Netscape 6.1 recently ('know your enemy' sort of thing) and have to say it is streets better than Netscape 6.0.

Not sure which Mozilla version it is based on now, but it has been faster and so far pretty stable.

hmmm... might have to eat some words soon.


3:22 pm on Jul 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I have been trying mozilla for 2-3weeks and have to agree it is quick and seems stable.
I still have netscape 4.7 - better safe than sorry.;)


4:01 pm on Jul 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I believe Netscape 6.1 is based on Mozilla 0.9.1. I think the Linux version is getting.


4:39 pm on Jul 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Just trying it for the first hour. Still shaken from the massive trauma version 6.0 caused me, I waited to read more about it here before even trying the new patch.

In my humble opinion it is a great improvement from version 6.0. But it is not as fast as Opera yet! It takes almost 20 seconds to load on my PC and almost 10 on my Mac.

I am glad Netscape "transition" made me discover Opera. It became my preferred browser for overall job stuff.

As for the MS thing, I believe it is unfit for the SEO job. It takes too many clicks to deactivate JavaScript or clear cookies. I am still looking for a way to view a frame source or switch user agent... how can anyone do a serious technical analysis of any site with this stuff? I simply do not understand why people choose to use MSIE that take soooooo loooooong to render complex pages and crashes the whole box along because of it's own deficiencies.

Simply beats me


8:33 pm on Jul 24, 2001 (gmt 0)

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It still seems to gobble memory, currently I have Opera open with 8 pages open using 25MB of ram, mozilla is sitting in my task tray (I havent opened it yet) and is using 17MB.

I am using the "quick start" feature where it loads on windows start so that it appears to launch faster - hence it sitting in the task tray if anyone was wondering.


9:08 pm on Jul 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I'll certainly agree the latest builds are much, much better than even Mid may builds. I was surprised how much faster it was. That's comparatively speaking - I'd still call it a bloated dog slow browser here. I think the requirements for serious Moz under winders is 700mhz with at least 128 meg of ram (even then, you'll see swapping after 10-15pages - 256meg is more like it).


9:26 pm on Jul 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I used to test mozilla by opening freshmeat.net and going down opening each homepage in a new windows as quickly as I could, it would inevitably crash. It seems much more stable now.

I've just opened 16 windows and mem usage is 62M ram 55M swap.

The same windows opened in Opera use mem of 59M ram 68M swap.

It looks like mozilla is really starting to head in the right direction.


9:09 am on Aug 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I'm slow to reply (been busy lately), but I thought I'd kick in a little info: NS6.1 PR1 was based on Mozilla 0.9.1. NS6.1 RTM is based on a branch from Netscape 0.9.2. The open source bits of 6.1 will be released as Mozilla As I recall, 6.1 shipped with XSLT disabled.

My advice is to skip Netscape and grab 0.9.3 unless you need/want the NS additions, such as AIM integration and the spell-checker.


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