Friday, February 29th, 2008p>
Moving on from the “let me use that API” conversation and only some real stuff, urandom (thanks for the comment) let us know about the Cybernet News article on Firefox 3 performance.
They are reporting that Firefox 3 is now faster than Safari 3, and is close to WebKit nightly in certain benchmarks. I can just picture Steve coming down on people saying “we market this as the fastest browser on the planet!” which is tough, as noone stays the fastest for ever. It is a race, and I am sure that WebKit and Firefox will be switching spots a lot in recently years.
Again, this is great news for developers. I am running WebKit and Firefox 3b3 and I am really happy with both. For some tasks I choose one over another (e.g. Firebug, Greasemonkey vs. lean and mean).
- Firefox 3 Nightly (PGO Optimized): 7263.8ms
- Firefox 3 Nightly (02/25/2008 build): 8219.4ms
- Opera 9.5.9807 Beta: 10824.0ms
- Firefox 3 Beta 3: 16080.6ms
- Safari 3.0.4 Beta: 18012.6ms
- Firefox 126.96.36.199: 29376.4ms
- Internet Explorer 7: 72375.0ms
Itâ€™s important to know that every time you run the SunSpider Benchmark it conducts each test five times, and the result is the average of the five tests. So it is a rather thorough test, and definitely shows off the speed improvements that Firefox 3 is going to be bringing to the table.
Brendan has said that they are not finished with their performance work for Firefox 3, and I am sure the WebKit team isn’t sitting on their hands…. oh and what about IE 8? It will be fun when that is in the wild to be tested.