Sorry if the previous post seemed a bit rude, but I can be somewhat short-headed if I haven't had my morning coffee. And considering the skewed sleep cycle I have, "morning" is pretty arbitrary
- I am a bit annoyed that people keep pushing the idea that IE is "preloaded" and thus has big advantages over other browsers, which is pretty bullcrap... and pretty easy to debunk on a slow machine, simply check how long a "cold" startup of IE (after a machine reboot) takes, and then how long a "hot" start takes.
Anyway, firefox *is* a pig, and even "hot" starts of it are relatively slow. A lot was fixed with FF3, but it still has a long way to go. On the other hand, IE7 is a lot slower than IE6, so meh.
While I'm a bit skeptic at the idea of a "preloader", some people have used an extension that makes the "close" button of firefox not really terminate, but simply minimize to tray... that obviously eliminates the startup delay. I personally prefer being able to do a clean shutdown/restart though, since I have my machines powered on for long stretches. While there's a lot less memory leaks in FF3 than FF2 had, there's still a bit.