Is this really faster?
Posted by: Tim
Date: August 24, 2000 10:49AM

First, thanks to Christoph for writing this program. I think it is important to have a variety of open-source browsers to choose from.
My question: I have been doing some speed comparisons between K-meleon and Netscape 4.7 by seeing how long it takes them to load and display a web page. Netscape is faster. These are pages I haven't visited before so I know they haven't been cached in my cache directory in Netscape. I'm testing this on a slow Pentium 166 box with 96 MB RAM which is running Win2K.
Can anyone else verify this? Or am I doing something wrong?

RE: Is this really faster?
Posted by: hazrd
Date: August 24, 2000 03:03PM (hehehehe) definately renders faster in kmeleon than IE 5.5

RE: Is this really faster?
Posted by: wa1er
Date: August 27, 2000 11:35PM

You're counting wrong. K-Meleon is using the Gecko rendering engine for the scrollbars, and buttons, and all in-browser widgets that aren't handled by BCG. Each instance of widget is handled by a new instance of Gecko. This makes it take up so much memory and take longer for rendering.

Hopefully, once it's ported to Platform SDK (i.e. away from the chrome and BCG libraries) it'll run circles around everybody else.

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