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[quote=ndebord] [quote=guenter] [quote=penang] KM uses the sme Gecko engine as FF, right? [/quote] I assume we speak about identical GRE version. Yes & No, because unlike Firefox and the rest - K-Meleon only uses the components that are needed for browsing. After the GRE is build devs delete many files (59? - & not all modules are build). AFAIK Firefox, Thunderbird ... have the same basic GRE, that is they all have mail and browser components. Till FF 2 the dlls K-Meleon has in components were in the big exe & now they are in a big Xul.dll. After the deleting of the files the GRE is slightly faster on tests. I never checked the RAM before abd after. My guess less RAM is used. K-Meleon chrome is also smaller. Smaller chrome gives faster start. Chrome is loaded and stays AFAIK in RAM. On current machines 20% more RAM do not matter unless other hungry apps also want RAM :)[/quote] Guenter, I never used to check memory usage, but have ever since I moved to a ramdrive for the disk cache instead of the hard drive. Compared to FF 3.5.8, KM 1.5.4 consistently uses 5 to 8 megs more. That difference is explained by the difference in the Gecko engines (KM Gecko 1.8 vs FF Gecko 1.9). I allocated 8 megs to memory and 8 megs to the ramdrive (aka substitute for hard drive cache). As the hard drive cache is now measurable, I use the Privacy Bar cache toggle to measure changes. Process Explorer shows that around 6 megs is cleared from KM's usage whenever I click on that toggle. As for speed differences between FF 3.5.8 (Gecko 1.9xx) and KM 3.5.4 (Geko 1.8.xx), KM, despite using an older Gecko, has consistently run faster to my subjective eye. Loading time seems similar though. However, KM 1.5.4 with the ram (disk) cache runs much faster than without, which means in my case, my older Pentium M machine is slow and that shows up in slower operation IF or WHEN I use a hard drive disk cache. Can't speak to what happens with KM 1.6 alpha, as I've not yet played with that version. Alphas are something I play with when I have the time and these days I don't have any to spare there. Perhaps when we get to the Betas![/quote]
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