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.

#9 Other OSes and devices

by bmacfarland

Friday February 20th, 2004 4:23 AM

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Okay, I'm going to sound like an echo, but it would be good if it could work on Palm, PocketPC, and Symbian at a minimum. I see these three as having most of the smart phone (including internet connection) in the future. Linux as a possibility, but I don't know of a phone & pda combo that uses it yet -- if so it isn't widespread. I grant the tools may not be there as unclebob says above. I was wondering if everything is programmed with multiple layers abstracted to support a switch to other OSes as easily as possible like Mozilla itself is.