"Well, for starters, it consumes 7 MB of RAM, 5MB of which was
shared on my machine. It's tiny. It also loads incredibly fast:
less than two seconds. While you may not be able to do online
banking with it, it can handle things like quick Google searches or
browsing the headlines of your favorite news sites with ease,
though it won't store your cookie yet. It renders even complex
pages very quickly, too. For browsing online documentation, or
other tasks, it's a natural."
"Projects like Encompass are interesting for a couple of
"First, they provide a chance to follow a project of low
complexity (where installing and running it's concerned), which is
always interesting and causes less hair loss than some monsters
afoot in the world, and they demonstrate the real point of all this
desktop environment madness: component sets that can be reused in
all sorts of interesting ways without too many wheels having to be
reinvented. If Encompass is only using about 2MB of RAM vs. another
5MB it's sharing with the rest of the environment, that speaks to
how powerful the leverage these frameworks provide is for
developers looking to build applications."
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