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.”
And now here’s the metal part of this story. According to Luke Wagner, a software engineer at Mozilla who announced OdinMonkey on his blog, this was “the musical inspiration for OdinMonkey”:
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.
The artist who did the OdinMonkey illustration is John Howard. His signature is on the bottom right of the image. 😉
DOH! Thank you. 🙂
Woah! I’ve always used Mozilla practically for all 6 years and more. Would liked to know whether it gets updated automatically or whether one will need to redownload browser once again.
I think it depends on how you have your Firefox preferences set. It updated automatically on the computer I’m using now. I use a Mac, so I’m not sure how this would appear on a PC, but when I click the “Firefox” tab on the browser and then click on “About Firefox” from the drop-down menu, it shows the version of Firefox that I’m running, which is now Firefox 22.
“I’m not sure how this would appear on a PC”
It looks a lot less like Steve Jobs shoving his nasty, postmortem, cancer-covered testicles in your face.
Better than having Bill Gates’ puckered, canker-encrusted butthole sucking after my face.
I’m not really sure how one is better than than the other. Haha!
One vaguely remembers Firefox updating itself on Windows, if the preference is set. But, on Ubuntu and such, One needs to periodically check the system updater.
@Islander & Phro : You better watch out for Richard Stallman’s beard. It’s like being punched by a bear.
as you said, FFox updates can be configured in Options in the Tools menu, anyone using this browser can also get an update by going ot the “About Firefox” entry in the Help menu and click the “find updates” button. (in my case – i’m on windoze 7 – the browser first displays messages about a new version available, and after some time of me ignoring it, the browser rebels and autoupdates itself). As for Ubuntu, you don’t have to check anything – the update manager does everything for you and tells you automatically about various updates – recommended, security, etc, etc, all you have to do is decide whether you want some updates or not.
@ Islander – what you’re describing would look exactly the same on another OS
Thanks for all that helpful info.
Thanks for all that helpful info(2)
Nice post! Yeah, many hours of listening to Amon Amarth when writing OdinMonkey. I’ll be seeing them for the first time this Sunday 🙂
Man, thank you for stopping by!!! You have made many metalheads happy. And enjoy the hell out of Amon Amarth. They put on an epic show.
Many thanks for that link. He is really good, and now I’m realizing I’ve seen his work before.
I use Chrome, myself, but the nod to Amon Amarth is damn cool. and that artwork is killer