Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 08:25 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones It has long been known that in addition to the N900 port of Firefox (released just 49 days ago) Mozilla have been targeting Windows Mobile, drawing ever nearer to a release. They have now decided to put the port on hold, following the news of Windows Phone 7 Series at MIX (and what that holds for Windows Mobile 6.5). "While we think Windows Phone 7 looks interesting and has the potential to do well in the market, Microsoft has unfortunately decided to close off development to native applications. Because of this, we won't be able to provide Firefox for Windows Phone 7 at this time. Given that Microsoft is staking their future in mobile on Windows Mobile 7 (not 6.5) and because we don't know if or when Microsoft will release a native development kit, we are putting our Windows Mobile development on hold."
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 08:30 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

I did want to make this a pg.1, but I don’t have the time right now, and I’m weary of overloading the home page with web news (rather than traditional OSes).

I just want to add that this is sad, but a clear sign that the web browser is becoming a core part of the operating system and that the vendors don’t feel that it needs to be replaced (which would prevent them from from getting the tightest integration with the system).

It’s like when TCP/IP stacks used to be separate, and now they’re just an expected part of the OS, embedded very deeply.

Mozilla are unfortunately being denied access to the mobile world and I really don’t see this changing unless they make Gecko more fun to port. WebKit is owning this space.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by kragil on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 09:14 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Denied only by MS and Apple, not the whole mobile world.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by BluenoseJake on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 15:17 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I did want to make this a pg.1, but I don’t have the time right now, and I’m weary of overloading the home page with web news (rather than traditional OSes).

I just want to add that this is sad, but a clear sign that the web browser is becoming a core part of the operating system and that the vendors don’t feel that it needs to be replaced (which would prevent them from from getting the tightest integration with the system).

It’s like when TCP/IP stacks used to be separate, and now they’re just an expected part of the OS, embedded very deeply.

Mozilla are unfortunately being denied access to the mobile world and I really don’t see this changing unless they make Gecko more fun to port. WebKit is owning this space.


Everybody is being denied access, until a native SDK is released. Saying it like that makes it sounds like a conspiracy.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 15:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Nope, I don’t think it’s a conspiracy at all. I literally think that the browser is becoming such a core part of mobile OSes that allowing alternate browsers only undermines the value of the platform (that is, in the vendor’s eyes).

Nobody would want to run Firefox in a tab inside Chrome OS when Chrome OS itself is already a browser, and if Firefox could be offered it would undermine the APIs Google have added to to integrate the web with the device / UI.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Soulbender on Fri 26th Mar 2010 13:43 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

It’s like when TCP/IP stacks used to be separate, and now they’re just an expected part of the OS, embedded very deeply


Yes, thank God we have moved past those dark ages and it's all for the better for the user.

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