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LinuxWorld: Testing Netscape 6; Is it possible to be both big and efficient?

Nov 30, 2000, 16:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

"I performed three tests. They were in no way scientific, but represent to me a real-world situation from which a user may draw an opinion. I called the first test the Startup Test: it times how long it takes a particular program to start and display its first page. I timed each program on its second startup so there would be no delay from copying initial preferences and such. ...

  • Opera Beta statically linked startup: 3 seconds
  • Mozilla nightly build startup (11/17/00): 7 seconds
  • WordPerfect 2000 for Linux: 8 seconds
  • Netscape 6 Startup: 15 seconds"

"The second test was the Base Memory Test. I performed this test in a very simple fashion: I loaded each program and then used the top program to check the memory usage. The results:

  • Opera Beta: 9.9 MB
  • WordPerfect 2000 for Linux: 15 MB
  • Netscape 4.75: 16 MB
  • Mozilla: 22 MB
  • Netscape 6: 25 MB (Netscape 6 Java VM: 20 MB)"

"I tested the growth of Netscape 6 by loading five pages. ... After loading those five pages, the memory usage of Netscape 6 had increased to 31 MB. Just for grins I loaded five more pages... After loading the additional five pages, the memory usage increased to 32 MB. As a final test of memory bloat I loaded three more pages... All of the above pages are heavy on eye candy. After viewing the additional three pages, Netscape had moved up to 34 MB. It is important to note that I was not loading those pages in new windows, but typing each URL into the URL location bar. Therefore, each page loaded by itself without the additional memory requirements of a new window."

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