TenFour Browser Wars

A thread on one of the LEM e-mail lists reminded me of TenFourFox. I had completely forgotten about it as I had already stuck Camino on my Ten Four machines (PowerMac G4 Graphite and PowerBook G4). I decided to give it a try on these machines and see what happens. I found a browser benchmark called Peacekeeper from Futuremark to really see which one is better. These aren’t the best comparisons since Camino is based off of Firefox 3 while TenFourFox is based off of Firefox 4, however Camino was updated 2 days ago, so it will be a while to wait until both distributions can be compared to each other with the same Firefox rendering engine.

The machines tested were:

PowerMac G4 Graphite AGP
1GHz Sonnet Encore/ST Upgrade Processor
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro

PowerBook G4 667
667MHz PowerPC G4
ATI Rage M6
45GB Laptop IDE

Both machines have been completely updated with the latest security and software updates. All 3 browsers tested are the latest versions as of this writing. They are both running Apple Mac OS X 10.4.11.

PowerMac G4 Graphite:
(Higher is better)
Safari 4.1.3: 763
TenFourFox 4.0: 597
Camino 2.0.7: 256

Camino paused on an unresponsive Java script, but was able to continue. The difference is significant though; TenFourFox scores much better, although not as well as Safari surprisingly.

PowerBook G4 667:
(Higher is better)
Safari 4.1.3: 409
TenFourFox 4.0: 372
Camino 2.0.7: 165

TenFourFox repeated the same unresponsive Java script error while Camino didn’t this time, but also was able to continue. Interestingly enough, the scores were much lower overall than the Graphite. While the bus speed is 33MHz faster, the slower hard drive and lesser video card seemed to have a pretty big impact in performance. Safari still scored the best out of the three, which was unexpected in both cases. Overall Safari performs better in these benchmarks, but TenFourFox would still be a great choice for other reasons, as needs for specific plug-in’s only available for Firefox, or website compatibilities. Either way, the hard work that individuals have put in to both TenFourFox and Camino is always appreciated!