Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Feb 2013 15:22 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "'But how is it going to beat Android or iOS?' That's the reaction many people have when I tell them that I am working on Firefox OS, the new mobile operating system from Mozilla. It is a logical reaction. After all, we live in times where every major software company and its mother is releasing a mobile platform, struggling to lure developers into their new proprietary environment, APIs, libraries, etc. And indeed, many of these companies barely make it or don’t make it at all. But Firefox OS will not be directly battling against other mobile platforms. Its main objective is to change the way the world develops mobile apps, and even in the unlikely event that Firefox OS itself disappears in the process, if web-apps become mainstream, it will have succeeded."
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by Sodki on Mon 11th Feb 2013 16:46 UTC
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I've played a bit with Firefox OS last week in FOSDEM and I was quite interested in it, in a strange way. My understanding, like the article states, is that Firefox OS is not meant to compete with Android nor iOS, at least not as a direct competitor. So what niche is it trying to carve? Well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see, but if it succeeds in giving us a cheap, open device, I'll buy it for sure.

One thing that was not clear in the article is that Firefox OS can run local web applications, with no need for an permanent Internet connection. For example, the calculator is still a web application, but it's running on your Firefox OS device, not online.

Oh, I also wanted to state that the Mozilla brand is more than Firefox or Thunderbird. There was a concrete initial objective in the Mozilla project, "freeing the web", and that did happen. Chrome may have surpassed Firefox in terms of popularity, but I don't think Chrome would exist without all the previous work done by Mozilla and its users.

Edited 2013-02-11 16:50 UTC

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