Minimo 0.1 Released: Mozilla for Small Devices

Thursday February 19th, 2004

Simon Paquet wrote in to tell us that version 0.1 of Minimo, a Mozilla browser for small devices, has been released. As well as creating a slimmed-down version of Mozilla for PDAs and the like, the Minimo project also aims to allow developers to embed Mozilla in any system with limited resources.

Much of the Minimo effort has focussed on reducing code size and memory footprint, work that can benefit anyone embedding Mozilla in environments where memory and storage is tight. In addition, several optimisations have been made specifically for small devices, including a small screen rendering mode (an extension to enable small screen rendering in the Mozilla Application Suite and Mozilla Firefox is available) and a slimmed down user interface (though this is not final). Some (fairly old) screenshots of Minimo show these two features in action.

Minimo 0.1 is available for ARM devices running Linux with the GTK toolkit. The release has been tested on Familiar Linux 0.7.2 running GPE on the iPAQ 5555 and iPAQ 38xx.

#10 Code reduction applicable to other platforms?

by sgifford <>

Friday February 20th, 2004 5:04 AM

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I haven't really followed the Minimo project. Are the reductions in code size and memory use that it achieves applicable on desktop platforms? And are their modifications eventually incorporated into the main tree, to make Mozilla smaller for everybody? Or are most of the changes focused on making the UI simpler and smaller, and aren't really appropriate for a desktop machine?