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LinuxPlanet: gnotebook: Two for the Web: gnobog and Encompass

Mar 02, 2001, 18:53 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"...So what's the point? "

"Well, for starters, it consumes 7 MB of RAM, 5MB of which was shared on my machine. It's tiny. It also loads incredibly fast: less than two seconds. While you may not be able to do online banking with it, it can handle things like quick Google searches or browsing the headlines of your favorite news sites with ease, though it won't store your cookie yet. It renders even complex pages very quickly, too. For browsing online documentation, or other tasks, it's a natural."

"Projects like Encompass are interesting for a couple of reasons, too:"

"First, they provide a chance to follow a project of low complexity (where installing and running it's concerned), which is always interesting and causes less hair loss than some monsters afoot in the world, and they demonstrate the real point of all this desktop environment madness: component sets that can be reused in all sorts of interesting ways without too many wheels having to be reinvented. If Encompass is only using about 2MB of RAM vs. another 5MB it's sharing with the rest of the environment, that speaks to how powerful the leverage these frameworks provide is for developers looking to build applications."

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