some time ago since we
first wrote about
plans to Firefox to Windows Mobile the Mozilla
developers called Fennec later and finally, the developers announced that Fennec
Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 is available for for official download. As
mentioned by the developers, this is an early developer release intended for
testing purposes only. Still, this release has been targeted and tested on the HTC Touch Pro but for sure it's still planned that more Windows Mobile devices
are supported in future releases. Nevertheless, while still far away from a
release candidate or the final version, the development team has made some good
progress during the past months.
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 to more easily adjust the 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 the product is developed but this release should give
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
If you want to test Fennec on your Windows Mobile smartphone as well, bhe first time you run Fennec it will spend some time creating your profile.
This may take a minute or two, please be patient.
Also, while it's clear since this version is a very early Alpha, the development
team advises that it is not yet recommended to use this release for daily browsing tasks. Certain
performance problems could become immediately apparent to you. Panning has a
noticeable delay between first touching the page and the page moving but anyway
- a public Alpha is finally here.