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Fennec (Firefox for WM) Alpha 1 released.

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Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile

05.15.09 - 09:34am

We are pleased to announce that Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 is available for download by developers and testers. This is an early developer release intended for testing purposes only. We would like to invite interested Windows Mobile developers and users to join with Mozilla’s developer and user community to help develop, test and refine the product.

Since we started getting Fennec compiling on Windows Mobile a few months ago, we’ve made good progress:

* JeMalloc, the memory management library developed by Jason Evans and used by Firefox, has been ported to Windows CE and turned on for Fennec. This allows Fennec to manage memory much more efficiently.

* Fennec’s user interface controls have been rebuilt to be entirely CSS based. This will allow us to more easily adjust our UI for various screen sizes and resolutions in the future. Its also demonstrates how web technologies can be used to create compelling user interfaces. The look and feel will continue to evolve as we develop the product, but this release should give uses a sense of the direction its going in.

* Finally, this release also supports Add-ons. Add-ons are integral to promoting openness and innovation on the web and are unique to Fennec in the mobile space. Its been amazing to see how many great Add-ons have popped up already. Take for instance the gestures module created by Felipe .

As with previous releases, Madhava Enros has created a video walk through of this release.

More info (and the download) can be found here... but remember this IS very much an Alpha version! It has some great ideas and a lot of potential, but it isn't really ready for prime time as yet!

Have you given it a try? Report back your results! Edited by Paul
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What excites me most about Fennec is the potential for Addons... and there are a few appearing already! Addons are the one thing that keep me locked into Firefox on the desktop...

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* JeMalloc, the memory management library developed by Jason Evans and used by Firefox, has been ported to Windows CE and turned on for Fennec. This allows Fennec to manage memory much more efficiently.

And this should make me excited! I mean, seriously, Firefox is probably the biggest memory hog on Windows. Luckily FF3 is much better than FF2 in this regard - FF2 would happily eat over 1GB and FF3 usually stays below 600MB and sometimes much less. As Paul said, it's the addons - that's why I still use FF. But I'll wait for a beta or RC version of Fennec before trying it on my WinMo device. <_<

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