Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Firefox: A Browser for Embedded Applications

Firefox: A Browser for Embedded Applications
Unless you've been ignoring the Internet, you're probably aware of Firefox 1.0. This open-source Web browser has garnered a significant following, though not a following that severely impacts the reigning king, Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Internet Explorer.

Still, Firefox should be of interest to developers who target platforms other than Windows-based systems, which are the only places where Internet Explorer will run.

Web browsers aren't easy to create. That's why a number of solutions are available for various embedded operating systems.


Plug-In
Most are licensed, though there are some open-source alternatives. On the other hand, Firefox already targets a range of platforms, including Windows , Macintosh and Linux .

Most embedded developers will be interested in the Linux applications.

One reason Firefox will be of interest is its modular plug-in architecture. While it's significantly simpler than Eclipse, another open-source project design for application development, Firefox already has a host of plug-ins that enhance its functionality.

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