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Safari 3.1: 'This thing is fast'


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We all know that Safari 3.1 is due any day now and that it's built around the latest version of WebKit, Apple's form of the open-source KHTML browser engine (etc).

Developers and code heads aside, we really don't know what that means.

ComputerWorld, in the voice Seth Weintraub, brings a little light and color to what Safari 3.1 brings to the table:

There is no other way to say it. Holy cow is this thing fast! I am currently testing Webkit build r30090 (DMG download link) against standard Leopard Safari 3.04. This unoptimized WebKit build version is running circles around the standard Safari browser. It isn't even close.

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I am on a Rev 2, 2Ghz MacBook Pro with 2 gigs of RAM on 100mb fiber. I am running the two browsers next to each other on a 30 inch display. Webkit feels like I am on a maxed out Mac Pro tower--it really does. Try it if you don't believe me.

Seth hasn't actually gotten his hands on Safari 3.1--he's running one of Apple's WebKit nightly builds.

Check it out for yourself and come back with your impressions...

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