Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 23:13 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Today, the Mozilla organization is preparing to release the first release candidate for version 2 of their popular Firefox web browser. Firefox 2 RC1 is available in binary form for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X (the latter a Universal Binary for both PPC and Intel systems). The Windows download comes in at 5.7 MB and runs on Windows 98, ME, NT 4, 2000, or XP. It ran without issue on my copy of Windows Vista RC1."
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RE[2]: indeed
by HappyGod on Wed 27th Sep 2006 06:51 UTC in reply to "RE: indeed"
HappyGod
Member since:
2005-10-19

It's completely unacceptable that pc's so much faster today than 8 years ago, cannot run software faster than pc's could back then.

Unacceptable maybe, but also unavoidable. Parkinson's Law is sometimes reduced to:

"The demand upon a resource always expands to match the supply of the resource."

:-)

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RE[3]: indeed
by dylansmrjones on Wed 27th Sep 2006 07:27 in reply to "RE[2]: indeed"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

It is _not_ unavoidable. Systems like SkyOS, Syllable, Haiku, AROS, MorphOS, eCS (OS/2), AmigaOS4, and DE's like GNUstep prove it is perfectly possible.

Parkinson's Law do not say that software will be slower, just that our demands will always the resources we have.

The question is whether we use the resources on nothing (that'll be all the sloppy coding) - or if we're using them on running MORE slim applications. I prefer the last one, but most commercial applications (or applications created by commercial funds - like Gnome and KDE) tend to do the first thing.

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RE[4]: indeed
by HappyGod on Wed 27th Sep 2006 08:33 in reply to "RE[3]: indeed"
HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

True, but OS's and applications are different. Usually people are a lot less tollerant of a slow OS than they are of a slow application.

It's extremely rare to find an application that, over time, doesn't become larger and slower.

Normally after they realise how huge it's become they start calling it a "suite".

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