Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jul 2013 23:07 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Mozilla today announced that the regional launches of Firefox OS smartphones will begin soon. Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica will release the first Firefox OS devices, the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Fire and the ZTE Open, soon. Individual partners will announce specifics about launches in each market soon." Lots of soons in there.
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by jbates on Fri 5th Jul 2013 15:51 UTC
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Lately I've been feeling attacked by the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Google: Apple with their closed ecosystem that can only be fully-utilized if you own nothing but the latest Apple products, Microsoft with their model of extensive multimedia advertising within products you already paid for, and Google with their increasing non-standard service lock-in.

Mozilla's the nonprofit actively creating new industry standards and products to help promote those standards. Firefox OS is an example of that: it's their way of trying to standardize new web technologies that bring the Web closer to feature-parity with native applications.

I don't really know or care whether or not Firefox OS will gain any market penetration, but what it represents is intriguing: the advancement of the hardware, operating-system agnostic platform we call the Web.

I agree that Web software development sucks compared to native applications, but it's getting better. And while performance is lower, the long-term possibilities are more-exciting in my opinion.

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