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Firefox vs SeaMonkey vs Mozilla vs IE vs Opera

Created: Sunday, August 7th, 2005
12:03:17 CDT
Last modified: Sunday, August 7th, 2005
12:04:17 CDT

Firefox is based off of Mozilla 1.7.2. You can notice 4 major trends below:


  1. Firefox is substantially worse today than 1.7.2

  2. Firefox keeps getting substantially worse

  3. SeaMonkey has become substantially better than Mozilla 1.7.2

  4. SeaMonkey is —— by far —— the most efficient major browser available today.

* Open 500 wikipedia pages —— in tabs if possible
* Close all but one
* Reopen all again
* Close all but one

Total downloaded size: 1.95 MB in compressed text and images.

Firefox 1.5 —— aka Deer Park Alpha 2
Initial: 31 MB
High: 584 MB
Low: 470 MB

Firefox 1.0.6
Initial: 32 MB
High: 392 MB
Low: 369 MB

SeaMonkey 1.0a
Initial: 18 MB
High: 89 MB
Low: 30 MB

Mozilla 1.7.2
Initial: 32 MB
High: 139 MB
Low: 69 MB

IE 6 —— Only 38 pages could be opened before new windows were frozen
Inital: 22 MB
High: 120 MB
Low: 28 MB

Opera 8.02
Initial: 14 MB
High: 130 MB
Low: 102 MB

Firefox is a great idea. A horrible implementation.