G5 ang G4 Optimised Builds of Firefox 1.0


edesignuk

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Mar 25, 2002
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hmmmm....lets give this a go...

edit: certainly seems snappier on my iMac, which now makes it MUCH faster than Safari, seeing as the "regular" Firefox has always been faster anyway. Good stuff! :cool:
 

brap

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May 10, 2004
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G4 version seems to run quite well. Placebo effect, perhaps, but I don't think so. It's not much faster in normal operation, but when first starting it seems to have taken a couple of seconds off.
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Okay, so here was going too come the stupid question...which G4s are 7450s and which G4s are 7400s? In particular, a iBook G4 / 800 of Dec. 03 vintage? :eek:

But...I found this:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_processor/powerpc7400.html

Now, the stupid*er* question...how do I round? :D I'm assuming a 7457 is a 7450 class processor...so just out of curiousity, what's the 7445 in the previous iMac? A 7400 or a 7450? Silly silly...
 

Einherjar

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It just edges out Camino when loading most stuff--which is basically instantaneous, complete drawing of most pages the second I click--going from Google to Fark to MacBytes takes just over 3 seconds at most--click(ld)click(lded)click(looaded).
 

daveL

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Hoef said:
Are you guys sure that this is not a scam to turn your machine into a spam robot? (many PC years left me too paranoid, I guess :eek: )
Well, if you're that worried about it, you could always download the original source code, check the MD5 signature, then compile it yourself on your machine. You'll have to modify the original compiler options to get the most out of it, especially on a G5. On a G5 you'd want to us the "-fast" compiler option.
 

QCassidy352

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Mar 20, 2003
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Well, I DLed the G5 version thinking, "eh, it won't really be different, but i like trying new toys. :) "

I was wrong!!!! Holy crap this thing is FAST. It's unbelievable. It's so much faster than either regular firefox or safari that I'm probably going to go from a safari/firefox dual setup to this new version only.

I don't know about the G4 version, but if you have a G5, you seriously have to try it. It FLYS. Thanks to the guy who created it!
 

Laslo Panaflex

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May 1, 2003
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WOW!, the G5 version is so fast!!1!!1! I am saying goodbye to safari, (expect for site that don't work in Firefox)

Get this version if you have a G5, it is FAST!
 

macnulty

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, very nice. Lombard w/G4 Daystar upgrade on dial up. Though I prefer Omniweb's handling of tabs to the side and firefox needs to move the close tab button to the actual tab itself.
 

dotnina

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mkrishnan

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So...I haven't really used Firefox on MacOS much yet, so I'm sadly lacking in comparisons. It seems less snappy on a lot of things to me than Safari on my iBook G4/800, especially in terms of tab navigation. Is there something I might be missing?

OTOH, the one site left that doesn't work on Safari works in Firefox...a stupid java applet chat room.... I don't really understand why they use the same plug-in and it only works on one of them....

But now I'm torn. ;)
 

kustere

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Sep 24, 2004
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Nermal said:
It makes you wonder whether the so-called 'editors' actually edit :rolleyes:
I thought that I had actually put the link in with 'and' rather than 'ang', oh well. Too many other good stuff on the net to read to worry about a little 'ang'. Maybe I had the feeling of angst and my subconscious made me type it :)
 

pko

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Aug 1, 2004
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running a dual g5, and the optimized build of firefox is noticeably faster than safari. i installed it just for the heck of it, ive never even considered firefox before, but i wanted to see if how fast it would run on my machine and it delivers.

im also very impressed by this browser because of all the cool plug-in extensions you can add. the beauty of open-source eh?

i'm considering switching browsers..only if there's a solution to the middle mouse button not opening links in new tabs like in safari. i'm too accustomed to that feature and it's something that i'm not willing to give up.
 

broken_keyboard

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Apr 19, 2004
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Yes - the G5 version is faster. I think Mac OS Tiger supports fat binaries, so hopefully Apple will be able to provide G5-optimized versions of Safari and their other apps. I can't see them doing it any other way other than with fat binaries, as having to separate download version would just be too confusing for people and too much hassle to administer.
 

macridah

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hopefully apple makes safari 1.3 optimized for the g4 and g5 for 10.3 and 10.4. I'll try this firefox optimized version and report later.
 

AmigoMac

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I have downloaded the G4 version and seems to be running a bit snappier than before and than safari, maybe it's just me, I'll continue with safari and firefox as a little help, I like to spread the subjects I browse... Waiting for an update for Camino.
 

yoman

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Nov 11, 2003
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G5 version very convincing.

I've been trying it out for about 2 days now and it is at least 10% faster in everything vs. Safari and normal Firefox version. I have been able to test several websites and Firefox G5 is faster in rendering most if not all of them.
:) I am currently swithing all my bookmarks manually over to this version and see how it goes.

update: the only website so far that is faster in Safari is not surprisingly, the apple site.
 

cluthz

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Jun 15, 2004
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I've been trying the G4(7450) build today.
There was noticeable speed gain compared to Mozilla 1.7.
Firefox loads a bit quicker, but I never closes the browser so it don't matter..

Also all my bookmarks is in Mozilla..
 

Santaduck

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Oct 21, 2003
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Whoever ran across this one, thanks for the news submission.

Will check out the g5 version tonite, and the g4 version later.

If it crashes a lot, it won't be any different from the 'normal' OS X version, so I won't mind-- I'll take the daily FF crashes (in OS X but not XP strangely) any day over sluggish camino and safari.