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This is a bit on the "old news" side of things, but have you heard of SeaMonkey? SeaMonkey is FireFox's smaller, uglier but faster brother.

SeaMonkey is a web browser from the Mozilla Foundation that's based on Gecko - the same "layout engine" as FireFox. That means it renders HTML to your screen the exact same way as FireFox does.

The difference? While FireFox uses the fancy, but "expensive", XUL for its user interface, SeaMonkey uses the native UI elements of whatever OS it runs on. SeaMonkey has less features and looks uglier but runs faster that FireFox and consumes considerably less system resources. SeaMonkey now has versions for Windows, Linux and OS X.

Because it relies only on native UI elements, it looks considerably worse than FireFox but runs considerably faster. It also has a lot of FireFox's functionality like a password manager, a javascript console and more.

SeaMonkey is no FireFox. I wouldn't use it as my default browser here at work on my powerful desktop station. But on occasions where you have limited CPU or memory resources, it's very useful. Its quicker response times are highly appreciated on slower machines.


Followup to original post: Thanks to all commenters. I stand corrected: SeaMonkey also uses XUL. Its faster-than-FireFox performance can be attributed to having less features written in leaner code.

Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 3:59 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: SeaMonkey - The poor man's FireFox

# re: SeaMonkey - The poor man's FireFox
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Where'd you get the idea that SeaMonkey doesn't use XUL? It most certainly does.

- Asa
Left by Asa on Mar 11, 2007 8:55 PM

# re: SeaMonkey - The poor man's FireFox
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SeaMonkey uses XUL as well, just with a theme that hasn't been updated since about 2000/2001. It's definitely not native UI, which is why it's on the ugly side. Trendy UI's don't age well.

It's mainly faster because it was planned better. FireFox started out by stripping out most of the features of the old Mozilla browser, then slowly added a lot of them back in piece by piece when people complained.
Left by Ed on Mar 20, 2007 5:06 AM

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