Have XULRunner, Will Travel – It’s Mobile Baby!

Mozilla’s Mobile group has been hard at work getting the Mozilla platform running on some mobile devices. Recently, Brad Lassey posted about getting XULRunner working on Nokia’s N800/N810 (Maemo) Internet tablets. He linked to a XULRunner binary and showed some XUL-based applications running on an N810.

This is big news for me because wherever you find a XULRunner, you’ll find me: building the runtime, writing sample applications, creating platform components and generally having a great time. I even managed to get myself an N810 from the Mobile group. It’s a pretty cool little device. We already have some bugs filed to better integrate the Mozilla platform with the Maemo platform (see bug 426291, bug 426292, bug 426293 and bug 426299). Bug 426355 will start making nightly XULRunner builds for the N800/N810.

So now I am adding support for mobile XULRunner and XUL application development to my list of duties. After all, developing XUL applications and extensions should be the same on WindowXP as it is on the N810 – and it is!

That’s right, I said extensions too. Remember, Mozilla is making a mobile browser and it will rock!


  1. Christopher Blizzard » Blog Archive » mozilla mobile performance said,

    April 1, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

    […] Mark Finkle posted about XULRunner at just about the same time that I did! He lists a bunch of bugs we care about and also mentions that we’re cranking on extensions […]

  2. pd said,

    April 2, 2008 @ 5:42 am

    and this insane world comes full circle

    from browsing the web at crappy resolutions on high latency connections on a desktop all the way around to browsing the web at crappy resolutions on high latency connections on the run


  3. Mark Finkle said,

    April 2, 2008 @ 8:01 am

    @pd – Snore all you want, you’ll be playing catchup next year. Sounds like you have been snoring through much of last year too, if you think mobile is still slow connections and poor resolutions.

  4. Roger Sperberg said,

    April 11, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    Oh, boy. I’ve been waiting for this (see “You say ‘browser,’ I say ‘development platform’” — http://www.internettablettalk.com/2007/10/24/you-say-browser-i-say-development-platform/ )

    In every regard, this is going to be a smash hit on the Nokia tablets.


  5. Natalian » Blog Archive » Go faster Mozilla said,

    April 14, 2008 @ 7:08 am

    […] is crap. I much prefer working within the Web paradigms of JavaScript and CSS. Please ditch that XUL bloatware. Addon support is fantastic though then again, my experiecne of […]

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