Linked by joekiser on Fri 3rd Mar 2017 22:24 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

So I'd like to tell you my version of the story of Firefox OS, from the birth of the Boot to Gecko open source software project as a mailing list post and an empty GitHub repository in 2011, through its commercial launch as the Firefox OS mobile operating system, right up until the "transition" of millions of lines of code to the community in 2016.

During this five year journey hundreds of members of the wider Mozilla community came together with a shared vision to disrupt the app ecosystem with the power of the open web. I'd like to reflect on our successes, our failures and the lessons we can learn from the experience of taking an open source browser based mobile operating system to market.

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Weird Obsession with Mobile Telephones
by Feneric on Sun 5th Mar 2017 21:43 UTC
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I never quite got their obsession with mobile telephones. The mobile market with its duopoly is a hard one to crack, but they were starting to do well in the TV market and they could have made a lasting impact there. Unfortunately Firefox OS for TV was collateral damage when their phone effort was scrapped. Now the television market is loaded with "smart" TVs that spy on their owners, with none of the current vendors' OS offerings being anywhere near as trustworthy as Mozilla's. While I've not personally gone shopping for a TV in a long time, it's pretty clear just from walking through a store that carries them that consumers don't have much of a choice anymore about whether or not they get spied on by their sets, it's only a choice of which company they want to do the spying.

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