Browse Definitions :
Definition

Fennec

What is Fennec?

Fennec is a version of the Firefox browser adapted for mobile phones and other small computing devices. According to the Mozilla Foundation, the intention behind Fennec is to enable a mobile browsing experience that is equivalent to browsing through Firefox on a desktop computer.

Current or planned features of Fennec include:

  • Support for touch screen input.
  • Support for Firefox extensions and themes.
  • Support for Windows, OS X and Linux.
  • A tab interface similar to that of Firefox.
  • Pop-up blocker.
  • Password manager.
  • Address bar functionality like that of Firefox.

The Mozilla wiki explains the most important design requirements for Fennec:

  1. Fast and easy navigation to Web content and optimization of tasks that are often problematic on mobile devices, such as entering URLs, managing and sharing bookmarks, tabbed browsing and maintaining readability while zooming and scrolling.
  2. The ability to access any Web content available from desktop computers.
  3. Security measures that address the particular vulnerabilities of mobile devices.
  4. Integration with device components to enable, for example, initiation of a phone call from a number in a Web link.
  5. Support for third-party technologies to stimulate mobile innovation.

Mozilla released an alpha version of Fennec in October 2008. The alpha release targets developers as a means of improving Fennec prior to wider release and stimulating the creation of applications for the browser. Fennec extensions use XUL (Extensible User-interface Language), as do extensions for Firefox and other Mozilla programs, which means that basic elements of design will be familiar to developers. According to the Mozilla wiki, any developer with HTML, JavaScript and cascading style sheet (CSS) skills should be able to develop applications for mobile devices.

The first versions of Fennec will be for Windows Mobile and Nokia's N810 Internet Tablet; versions for Android and Linux-based operating systems are expected to follow. Other browsers adapted for mobile devices include Pocket Internet Explorer and Opera Mini.

In the animal kingdom, a fennec is a small desert fox. (The Firefox mascot is a full-sized fox.)

Learn More About IT:
> Mozilla explains the vision behind Fennec.
> On ars technica , Ryan Paul reviews the Fennec alpha release.
> Here's a video demo of the alpha release of Fennec.

This was last updated in December 2008

SearchCompliance

  • information governance

    Information governance is a holistic approach to managing corporate information by implementing processes, roles, controls and ...

  • enterprise document management (EDM)

    Enterprise document management (EDM) is a strategy for overseeing an organization's paper and electronic documents so they can be...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

SearchSecurity

  • Transport Layer Security (TLS)

    Transport Layer Security (TLS) is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard protocol that provides authentication, ...

  • PKI (public key infrastructure)

    PKI (public key infrastructure) is the underlying framework that enables entities -- users and servers -- to securely exchange ...

  • obfuscation

    Obfuscation means to make something difficult to understand.

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

SearchStorage

  • cloud storage

    Cloud storage is a service model in which data is transmitted and stored on remote storage systems, where it is maintained, ...

  • cloud testing

    Cloud testing is the process of using the cloud computing resources of a third-party service provider to test software ...

  • storage virtualization

    Storage virtualization is the pooling of physical storage from multiple storage devices into what appears to be a single storage ...

Close