Salon on Mozilla as a Platform
Tuesday September 10th, 2002
Emmet and tim both wrote in to say that Salon has an article about Mozilla as a platform. Noting that Mozilla's cross-platform framework makes it relatively easy to create add-ons for Mozilla, the report discusses the possibility of Mozilla becoming a platform that could threaten Windows — which is exactly what Microsoft feared Netscape might do in the 1990s. This poetic justice isn't lost on Salon.
Earlier this year, work began on two projects that could help the adoption of Mozilla as a platform. The Mozilla Runtime Environment (MRE) aims to provide an execution environment for applications that embed Gecko, eliminating the need for every Mozilla-based application to include its own Mozilla distribution. More recently, development started on the XUL Runtime Environment (XRE), a superset of the MRE that is intended to provide an execution environment for stand-alone XUL applications.
UPDATE! According to bug 167795, the Mozilla Runtime Environment is soon to be renamed to the Gecko Runtime Environment.
#11 Re: Can it share resources?
Wednesday September 11th, 2002 5:27 PM
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I can't answer about MRE but with mozilla if you have one instance running and then open a XUL app it will load considerably faster.