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NewMobileComputing: Interview with Doug Turner and Chris Hofmann of the Minimo Project

Mar 11, 2004, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"1. What is the status of Minimo? Which parts are done, which parts require still quite some hacking?

"We have completed lots of footprint work. Currently our memory usage (RSS) is quite stable and close to zero growth. Compared to similar browsers in this market, we are doing quite well.

"Some work went in to making the Mozilla code base very configurable. We have pull the most important stuff out of the Mozilla code base, and leaving things behind that don't make sense for small devices. This has two important outcomes. First, it allows you to get the bare-bones application that supports a wide range of internet standards. Secondly, we have the ablity to add back functionality that may be important to a given target market. We have been working with some vendors to target the right set of features and functionallity. We think we can start to look at adding a few things back like (maybe) xul support, and web services. The great thing about it is that you pay-as-you-go. If you want xul, it will cost you x, y, and z. If you want webservices, it will cost you x, i, and j. It is as easy as rebuilding with different options and, or course, testing..."

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