[maemo-users] Fennec vs MicroB

From: John Holmblad jholmblad at acadiasecurenets.com
Date: Tue Oct 21 16:09:45 EEST 2008

thanks for sharing the facts of that time line.

In my experience R&D projects that do not reach the "commercial success" 
stage of their life cycle for whatever reason, can, nonetheless,  
produce downstream benefits for the "investing" corporation.  Until I 
read this discussion thread I was not aware that Nokia had R&D  "skin in 
the game" on Minimo.

If The ~6.5x performance gain of Fennec over Microb as asserted in the 
Aris Technica article holds as this product moves to production then I 
will vote with my "install apps" button soon thereafter. Watching 
hourglass icons flip over, metronome icons tick, and drum icons drum, 
just reminds me of the unnecessary seconds of useful life that are 
squandered while waiting for hopeful useful content to appear in a 
browser window.

Best Regards,


John Holmblad


Acadia Secure Networks, LLC

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Quim Gil wrote:
> ext Fernando Cassia wrote:
>> I do remember about the Nokia funding. Yeah it made very little sense
>> to fund Mozilla then choose Opera. But corporations do those things...
>> I'm getting used to it.
> Indeed, corporations better invest in research on many interesting
> technologies available in order to keep and grow their competence.
> And in fact the timeline went more like this:
> Nokia and Opera Software had cooperated since 2000 and Nokia devices
> were shipped with Opera browsers at least in 2003 already. [1]
> The support the Minimo project was announced in 2004 [2] but never
> resulted as such in a commercial quality product.
> During 2005, Nokia's S60 browser development team ported WebKit to the
> S60 platform. [3]
> In 2007 the Maemo team released the first Mozilla based browser shipped
> in a commercial mobile device. [4]
> In 2008 Mozilla started the Fennec releases using Maemo as primary
> testing platform. [5]
> [1] http://www.aftenposten.no/english/business/article754860.ece
> [2] http://news.cnet.com/Nokia-cash-boosts-Mozilla/2100-7344_3-5236730.html
> [3] http://trac.webkit.org/wiki/S60Webkit
> [4] http://browser.garage.maemo.org/news/1/
> [5]
> http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080409-first-look-mozilla-fennec-targets-handheld-browser-market.html

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