PreFox, Firefox for the Palm Pre, alpha now available for testing

Mozilla’s Dave Townsend has made available the very first testing builds of Firefox for the Palm Pre, code named PreFox.

A one man effort at this point, PreFox is not an official Mozilla project but since it is based on Fennec (Firefox for mobile devices code name), it brings and immediately better experience with better web standards support,  multiple tabs and session restore, remembering cookies and passwords for sites, Firefox Sync, the awesome bar, and add-ons.

Of course it is nowhere near a final product and you can expect slow startups, high memory usage, and occasional sluggishness, as Dave explains in his announcement port. Also, JaegerMonkey (optimized JavaScript), Electrolysis (process separation), and hardware acceleration are a few optimizations we can find in Firefox 4 nightlies that are still to come to PreFox, so there’s plenty of room for improvement.

PreFox requires webOS 1.4.5, and running pre-install from the Palm SDK, webOS QuickInstall or Preware to install the latest package.

Trying Firefox on the Palm Pre

Mozilla’s Dave Townsend (aka Mossop), has published a very interesting post describing the process he followed to successfully run Firefox on web OS, the Palm Pre operating system.

The article is very technical and the result is pretty far from general end user availability but without a doubt it paves the way for a new project to enable Firefox on another mobile platform (currently Android and Maemo), ideally Mozilla Corporation hosted and supported. Continue reading Trying Firefox on the Palm Pre