Can Konqueror Compete? A Look at KDE's Browser
May 04, 2009, 16:34 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The first test for Konqueror was to just run through
browsing the sites I use on a daily basis -- everything from basic
news sites like CNN to Google Reader, GMail, Twitter, Gist, and of
course I Can Has Cheezburger? for good measure. What I wanted to do
is to see how well Konqueror handles a variety of sites using three
main criteria: rendering speed, layout, and support for advanced
features. In other words -- does Konqueror measure up speedwise?
Can it render pages as they're expected to appear in Firefox and
IE? And does Konqueror support keybindings in GMail, and other
advanced features in Web applications I use day to day?
"Static sites like CNN ran OK, though it seemed that rendering
speed was just a bit laggy compared to Firefox. When I loaded
GMail, it would initially default to the HTML view of GMail.
Konqueror can handle the standard GMail pages, but it's much slower
than Firefox. To be fair, the blame may fall on Google's developers
just as much as Konqueror's, because there's obviously little or no
testing done to ensure that GMail supports Konqueror. However, as
an end user, I don't really care a great deal where the fault lies
-- just whether or not it works. And though it technically does
work, it's distressingly slow."