Other free browsers
Posted Sep 27, 2006 19:29 UTC (Wed) by mikov
Parent article: The return of Iceweasel
It is simply not acceptable for one browser window to lock up or slow down all other browser windows. It happens all the time with Firefox - when opening PDFs, Java plugins, AJAX apps, etc. When a Java applet locks up (it happens, for example, when opening synchronous sockets in the applet) it is impossible to close the browser window without killing the browser and thus closing _all_ windows.
A more subtle manifestation of the same problem is that opening a second tab in the background makes the current tab visibly sluggish while the other one is loading.
When I have GoogleMail and Writely open in the background, all my browsing slows down noticeably.
As far as I know this is a fundamental design problem in Firefox - everything, even separate browser windows, runs in the same thread using cooperative multitasking. This may have been acceptable initially, but not any more. Unfortunately I think the effort needed to redesign it would be enormous, so it isn't likely to happen.
Does anybody has some insights about the design of Konqueror ? How does it deal with the same issues ?
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