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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RE[2]: Comment by Sodki
by Chris_G on Mon 11th Feb 2013 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Sodki"
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The nomenclature needs work. I think we need to draw a strict line between local apps that just happen to be written in HTML5/CSS/JS/DOM, and apps that are just fancy bookmarks to sites written in HTML5/CSS/JS/DOM.

Oh, yes, I agree completely with your point about benefits of the cross-platform nature of web technologies. As an OS nerd, I'm excited by the prospect that one day hobby OSes will only have to port WebKit/V8 to be able to run everyone's favourite programs.

Edited 2013-02-11 20:40 UTC

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