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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doomed to repeat things
by REM2000 on Mon 6th Mar 2017 09:34 UTC
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When reading the article i couldn't help but spot so many similarities to EPOC -> Symbian rise on the mobile phone market, from the book Smart Phones and Beyond

https://smartphonesandbeyond.com/

Great book and fascinating read, obviously the FireFox OS burnt out a lot quicker and never really succeeded in the market anywhere like the Symbian OS.

however i can't help but feel that a lot of the mistakes might have been missed if a lot of the engineers and managers had read the book and learnt from the mistakes of others.

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