Over the past few years the Minimo project has provided (1) a set of build and runtime options optimized for resource constrained devices, and (2) A XUL-based UI for prototyping and experimenting with new user interfaces for navigating and viewing web content and general browsing on mobile devices.
Recently you have probably read that the Mozilla Corporation is building the embeddable version of Mozilla and a mobile Firefox. In the new and expanded mobile effort the project will create a standards-based open-source browser engine and full open source development stack based on Mozilla technology, optimized for mobile devices, and embeddable on a variety of device targets. This new work will replace the Minimo project.
If you are a developer using Minimo as the basis for your embedding needs, this new effort will help you. This is picking up where Minimo’s build configure left off, and further squeezing and optimizing Mozilla.
Although we haven’t committed to specific platforms, all of the effort that was focused on the Minimo front end will be refocused on this new project. This new browser product will take advantage of lessons learned in minimo UI prototyping and experimentation. It will also include support for XUL-based add-ons, and deliver on Firefox’s key principles of ease-of-use and accessibility.
We hope you can join the conversation. Most of the developers and interested people hang out on irc.mozilla.org #mobile. If you have questions, or need clarification, please drop by.
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