Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Sep 2012 20:00 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Over the past year and a half I've been spending more and more of my time working with Mozilla's latest project, Firefox OS. During that time I've fallen in love with the project and what it stands for, in ways that I've never experienced with a technology platform before." I'm not convinced just yet. I hope it succeeds, but I just doubt it actually will.
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by clasqm on Fri 14th Sep 2012 08:28 UTC
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May I ask a very silly, naive question? Is there any real, organized marketing push behind this, or is it just a bunch of geeks hobbying around on the basis of "If we build it, they will come"?

If you don't have a handset maker committed to building a phone around this OS and bringing it to market at least a year before you expect to hit 1.0, then just admit that you are hobbyists. Nothing wrong with that, everyone needs a hobby.

Look at Linux's stagnant market share in desktops/laptops (as opposed to its leading position in other sectors). If regular, non-geek people are not prepared to strip Windows off their PCs and put Linux on, they are certainly not going to strip off iOS/Android/Win8 and install FirefoxOS. Not.Gonna.Happen.

So don't tell us how you're doing this technically. Technical problems are there to be solved. Tell us how you are going to get millions of Chinese-made FFOS phones into peoples' hands.

Why would manufacturers choose this over Android? Because it's free? Android is also free.

Because it gives better performance on cheaper hardware? If manufacturers cared about better performance, someone would have purchased WebOS by now, making HP an offer they couldn't refuse.

Better performance on cheaper hardware is NOT in the manufacturers' interest. It makes the customers hang on to their existing phone a little bit longer instead of performing their civic duty of constant upgrading.

I'm afraid this won't be the first technically elegant solution that died and withered because its creators remained aloof of the commercial realities of the world they lived in [sigh ... BeOS]. Nor the last.

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