Posted on 08/08/2007 06:12:00 PM UTC

by timeless

Updates to the Mozilla based browser for maemo

We've listened. This is our second public release of an updated browser engine. Please keep filing bug reports in If you don't file them there, there's very little chance we'll notice in time for the next update. We want to thank all of our users for giving us a chance. Hopefully in the future we'll be able to show even more gratitude. In the interim, I'm listing user reports before internal reports.

This article is summary based on debian change logs. Ideally I would have been able to just paste the entire changelog here, or point to a query showing all of our fixes, and people would be able to read svn to see exactly what we've done and the changes would make sense. We're of course working on improving the process, and each update shows us additional things we need to improve.

User reported bugs

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Posted on 07/27/2007 01:26:00 PM UTC

by timeless

Why Open Source - an Interview with Engineers

Is this really a serious question?


It's funny, everyone thinks that open sourcing just makes sense. I've been contributing to open source software for nearly a decade (which is nothing, I know). I've never been opposed to open sourcing, and in fact, I don't think I've ever really met anyone who was. But I decided to spend some time to write this article and point out some things that people might not have considered. So this blog is an interview with some of my coworkers who also work on the browser. Some of them should be blogging here eventually, for the time being, most articles will probably be mine. As with most blogs, the opinions expressed herein are not that of my employer. Unlike most blogs, I can't even guarantee that they represent my own views, or those of anyone else.

Why Open Source?

The first reaction was: well, why not? OK, fair enough.

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Posted on 07/19/2007 08:51:00 PM UTC

by timeless

Mozilla based browser for maemo

Mozilla engine integrated into N800 user interface

After many years of work, we're happy to announce a developer release of this developer preview.

What's different?

The N800 shipped with Opera 8.5 which is a web browser from 2005. It was already out of date in mid 2006. The Mozilla based browser for maemo (microb) is a current (well, one month old) build of Gecko. This is slightly bleeding edge, as Firefox 2.0 is based on a nearly 2 year old Gecko, and Firefox 3.0 will not be available for many months.

What's new in the UI?

The user interface will now show an RSS button occasionally, and the lock icon in the toolbar is now a button. [Both of these features are only supported for microb.] There should be a menu item at the bottom of the application menu that enables you to switch between engines.

What does Gecko offer?

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Posted on 07/17/2007 07:13:05 PM UTC

by timeless

Mozilla based browser engine available for testing

The maemo team has just released a development version of a new browser engine, built on open source and Mozilla technologies. Testers and contributors are welcome. This version is functional, safe and available for download. It works on the Nokia N800 with the latest Internet Tablet OS 2007. Try it out!

Sharing the same key components than Firefox, this new browser engine has the capability to deliver advanced web technologies inside a pocketable form factor. The newest internet services will function on the Nokia N800, thanks to best-of-breed open standards support including full-AJAX, and integrated Adobe Flash 9. This also allows the creation of add-on's to personalize the browsing experience.

How can I download and give feedback?

Feedback is very helpful for the ongoing development and testing work. The application is ready for end users: just install the browser engine in one-click and start using it!

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