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LinuxPR: MontaVista and Century Software Introduce Open Source Browser for Internet Appliances

Jul 14, 2000, 12:39 (0 Talkback[s])

"MontaVista, Inc., developer of the Hard HatLinux operating system for embedded applications and Century Software, Inc., a leader in UNIX connectivity solutions, today announced the availability of the first freely-available, open source web browser targeted specifically at the embedded Linux platform. The browser, ViewML, accelerates development and deployment of browser-enabled devices, such as hand-held computers, navigation systems, smart phones and set-top boxes."

"The ViewML Project is developed and maintained from publicly-available source code, with contributions from the embedded Linux community. The ViewML Browser Project's first release implements HTML 3.2 display capabilities, along with a user interface and a basic JavaScript interpreter, all in about 2 MB of RAM. ViewML runs on both the standard X Window System as well as the Microwindows embedded windowing system."

"MontaVista and Century Software have joined forces to meet the demands of the rapidly growing Internet Appliance market. ViewML offers OEMs a high-quality, small footprint web browser with full source code available for modifications and enhancements," said Jim Ready, CEO of MontaVista. "This joint effort, unlike many open source projects, enjoys technical and financial backing from multiple sponsors," added Greg Haerr, CEO of Century Software. "This kind of support fosters the engineering needed to produce a superior web browser targeted at embedded Linux systems. Moreover, while other embedded browsers do exist, ViewML is the only small footprint browser that is open source and completely royalty free."

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