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Nokia Researcher Puts Firefox OS On Raspberry Pi 75

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judgecorp writes "Mozilla's mobile phone operating system only exists in an early beta form, but Oleg Romashin, a researcher at Nokia, has already got it working on the Raspberry Pi and posted video to prove it. We don't think this indicates any alternate strategy for Nokia if Windows Phone doesn't pan out, but it does show that Firefox OS is portable, and the Pi is capable, and both can be played with — which will please both Mozilla and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. And the Firefox OS work in progress is available for download (direct tarball link)."
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Nokia Researcher Puts Firefox OS On Raspberry Pi

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  • by KiloByte (825081) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @08:06AM (#41009353)

    Sorry, but with only 224MB memory, this is a bad idea. I've tried multiple browsers on Pi -- including full-blown like Firefox or Chromium, and minimalistic like Midori; the only one that's actually usable is elinks. Especially if pages as bloated as Slashdot are involved.

    Gooseberry, if it ever becomes something more than vapourware, might get into an usable range (512MB minus video memory).

    It's interesting how no graphical browser of today can cope with that little memory, when back in the day we could browse fine with 4MB.

  • by WankersRevenge (452399) on Thursday August 16, 2012 @09:27AM (#41010685)

    It's interesting how no graphical browser of today can cope with that little memory, when back in the day we could browse fine with 4MB.

    Back in the day, a good practice was limiting your entire page to under 100kb. Now, you're lucky if a page clocks under 1mb even with all the caching going on. Don't get me started on sites like the Huffington Post or Destructiod.

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