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Just for interest, I've done some simple timings comparing IE 6 on a 600Mhz PC laptop, FFb3 and O2 on Iyonix, and O2 on a 233Mhz Kinetic RPC. My connection is 1Mbit broadband and all 3 machines are connected to the same router. The laptop is actually connected to a much faster company link, but the 'last leg' so to speak is the 1Mb broadband: this may flatter the IE results.

Accessing Drobe, the timings are: 5 secs (IE); 10 secs (FFb3/Iyo); 8 secs (O2/Iyo); 10 secs (O2/Kin).

To access The Register: 10; 14; 9; 14 secs respectively.

To access Aprilia.com, a rather busy page with lots of animations: 8; 20; 17; 25 secs respectively.

I then tested O1 against O2 on the Kinetic: the O1 results were 8 secs (Drobe), 10 secs (The Register) and 17 secs (Aprilia) virtually identical to O2 on the Kinetic. Not exactly a scientific test but it demonstrates that FFb3 is not a million miles away from the performance of other RO browsers, even at its current early stage of development. IE 6 did best, but I cannot quantify the difference in link speeds so am cautious about the result.

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