OSNews.com: Interview With the Konqueror TeamSep 03, 2001, 21:07 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)
[ Thanks to JigSaw for this link. ]
"...the goal is to make Konqueror as fast as Galeon, and preferably even faster, without stripping it down. Any stripping down would have to happen in Konqueror (which provides the user-interface) because KHTML only provides the rendering engine, there is little that can be stripped from the rendering engine without sacrifying standards compliance. (KHTML is comparable to Gecko, which is the rendering engine that is used by both Mozilla and Galeon)
We expect to see some more improvements from prelinking in a next generation Linux distributions. The current "object prelinking" manages to reduce the link-time of applications with 30% to 50%. The developers of the GNU linker are hard at work to get rid of the remaining 50% to 70% as well using a more advanced form of prelinking. This will effectively remove the linking overhead completely. Of course the 4-5 seconds that you mentioned are not all caused by the linker, so we will have to take a critical look at our own code as well to see where we can improve things.
Another reason for the AtheOS port being faster is that this environment provides a significantly faster graphics interface. Its a pity that i.e. we still have to scale and adjust the images in software, while almost all other platforms provide hardware acceleration for several years already."