The basic rules for browser plug-in development are simple. Plug-ins should be:
I’m no security expert, so I’m not going to talk about the last point. Bur for the first two, there is a really easy objective test. All you have to do is ask the companies what they think of their product.
|CPU||Intel® Pentium® II 450MHz, AMD Athlon™ 600MHz or faster processor||X86 or x64 500-megahertz (MHz) or higher processor||Intel Pentium 4, Intel Centrino, Intel Xeon, or Intel Core Duo (or compatible) 1.8 GHz minimum|
|RAM||128MB||128-megabytes (MB) of RAM||512 MB of RAM|
Seems to me that asking for three times the CPU speed and four times the RAM as your competitors is an automatic fail in the “lightweight” and “fast” categories.