Subject: Re: is mozilla very slow on alpha, or is mozilla-gtk2 slow everywhere?
To: Manuel Bouyer <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 03/07/2004 16:37:12
[ On Saturday, March 6, 2004 at 16:55:08 (+0100), Manuel Bouyer wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: is mozilla very slow on alpha, or is mozilla-gtk2 slow everywhere?
> phoenix was usable on my AS255 (running 1.6.2_RCsomething), but then I did the
> mistake to upgrade a few packages, including to switch from phoenix to
> mozilla-firebird.  It's unusable, but it seems to be a problem in
> some other library, probably related to threads: typing in the URL windows
> show a character at a time, but a regular interval (about 1s), just as if a
> thread was looping, and interrupted periodically to let others threads run.

Yes, that's exactly what I'm seeing -- along with attrociously high CPU use.

I tried building and installing firefox-gtk2-0.8 last night and it's
much better in many respects than mozilla-gtk2-1.6 (including doing a
rather amazing job with my sparse 8-bit colour map, since the '-install'
option doesn't seem to work for it, than mozilla-gtk2-1.6 does with its
own colour map).  However it still uses about the same amount of CPU as
mozilla and it's only slightly faster at accepting typed characters and
displaying them.  It's only just barely usable, and that's probably only
because I have far more patience for slow computers than I should have
for my comparably speedy alpha.  :-)

I picked up a pixelvision card the other day that I should stuff into
the machine so I can see how it behaves on the local display too.  First
though I should investigate whether or not my spare NCD 19c monitor can
be connected to that card or not though as it's the best spare monitor I
have available at the moment that's not limited to old VGA outputs.

						Greg A. Woods

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