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AOLTW Announces Sony Pact

Tuesday November 13th, 2001

Normally we wouldn't mention this, except there was a key quote that we thought should be highlighted in the press release:

* The joint development of an Internet browser designed for optimal performance, a consistent experience, and greater convenience on networked consumer electronic devices. Both companies envision not only employing the browser in future Sony products but also making it available to other consumer electronics manufacturers.
Could we soon see Mozilla on Sony devices like the Playstation or other pc based devices?


#89 The problem with embedability is SIZE...

by Svartalf <fearl@airmail.net>

Wednesday December 5th, 2001 10:21 AM

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Mozilla is a huge hulking monster, requiring some 12+ Mb (in the case of the Tuxia PDA proof of concept they released recently...) or more (The average, un-stripped-down install requires 26Mb!) of storage space. If you want Java and any other plugins, it requires more. Compare this to the footprint of Opera. Something like 2-4Mb without Java or plugin support for the dynamic linked version.

Mozilla\'s only been embedded in one place that I know of to date- the Gateway touchpad. Most of the PDAs out there have only 16-32Mb of flash on them, and Mozilla would eat most of that even with a compressed filesystem, leaving nothing for space for other apps.

This is not a slam on Mozilla- I\'m impressed with what they\'ve done, but I have to keep wondering if all the componentization that they\'ve done is really needed (as it\'s a source of part of that enormous size...).