Feeds

Firefox's little cousin pops out of den

Fennec for all (at least those running Windows Mobile)

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The mobile version of Firefox, Fennec, has gone into general release with a version available for Windows Mobile 6 devices - though anyone hoping to replace their existing browser might want to hold off for a while.

The release is officially versioned "alpha 2" and is designed to gain more feedback on both the browser and, critically, the user interface: aims that are reflected in the slow execution and incompatibilities present in the release, but it's interesting to see how far the team has come.

For those not willing to risk their mobile phone's stability there are also Windows, Mac OS X and Linux versions available to download - which, obviously, run much faster but don't show off the touch navigation and efficient use of screen space (though in portrait mode that efficiency also hides the Awesome Bar, for better or worse).

Fennec Screen Shot

Awesome Bar slightly less awesome when in portrait mode

But the release does support zooming, bookmarks, tabbed browsing and a password manager, as well the ability to find, install and manage add-ons - one of the features that has made Firefox such a compelling proposition.

Taking a look at Fennec is worthwhile, if only to contribute to the feedback for developers - but don't expect it to replace Opera Mini (or SkyFire, or Bolt or even Pocket IE) any time soon. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.