Earlier today we reported on the release of Midori 0.2.7 but aside from new features and extensions has the lightweight browser gotten any faster?
The tests were ran 3 times in each browser. Each browser had a clean cache and no extensions (bar defaults) enabled. The average results for each browser were as follows: -
Well that was a bit of a spanner in the works – based on these tests alone it would appear that the latest Midori is slower than its predecessor – but is this so?
Browser Name: Number of tests failed out of 5246 (less fails = better)
Midori 0.2.7: 187
Midori 0.2.6: 195
Google Chrome 6: 138
All 3 browsers, as expected, pass the Acid test with 100/100.
‘Real world’ views
From a ‘real world’ usage perspective the latest Midori does feel a little bit snappier. Previous sites that it would ‘choke’ on loading for a few seconds now appear fluidly.
All of these tests are meaningless if a browser doesn’t work – thankfully Midori does (very well, might I add) however the same caveats will put people off of using it: it’s not the fastest, it has no extensions and still has compatibility problems with some sites (although hacks and tweaks to get around these exist).
I suspect most people could manage just as well with Midori as with Firefox. I suspect a lot of the extensions users ‘can’t live without’ are installed out of habit more than necessity.