This news item isn’t the kind of thing you see every day. In March, the company that makes the Firefox web browser (Mozilla) rolled out in test mode a significant new module for the browser called OdinMonkey — and gave credit to Amon Amarth as the musical inspiration for the name. And as of this week that module is now included in the latest Firefox release.
Now I know a few things about computer hardware and software, but the knowledge doesn’t go especially deep, so there will be a limit on how well I can explain what OdinMonkey does. But here goes (and I hope readers who know this stuff better than I do will correct me if I fuck it up):
…Not only does it boost performance by a huge margin, but it could also act as a cornerstone for web apps that actually perform like their installed, native cousins. In short, OdinMonkey could finally allow for a web-based Adobe Photoshop or Crysis.”
Yesterday, Amon Amarth posted this note on their Facebook page:
Awfully damned cool.
The artwork at the top of this post is also awfully damned cool, but I haven’t found who created it.
OdinMonkey is included for the first time with Firefox 22, the newest version of Firefox, which was released for download on June 25. If you happen to be running the new version right now as you look at this page, grab a horn of mead and celebrate in the knowledge that there’s an OdinMonkey in your computer.