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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Because most of us old timers have had enough of writing a ton of CSS/JavaScript/HTML hacks to make sites work as requested across all required target browsers.

Write once, hack everywhere is usually my motto in web projects.

Writing native code allows for much fine grain control how the UI works without hacks, even if it may require rewrites of the UI part, while the application kernel is kept the same across OS.

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