Linked by fran on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:45 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Mozilla today announced Boot to Gecko , a very ambitious project that aims to create a 'complete, standalone operating system for the open web'. This project's goal is to develop what seems like a ChromeOS-like operating system where all the apps are based on HTML5."
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RE: Why?
by kenji on Wed 27th Jul 2011 00:05 UTC in reply to "Why?"
kenji
Member since:
2009-04-08

Some people don't trust Google.

An open source web based OS not controlled by Google is the target.

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RE[2]: Why?
by LouisBarman on Wed 27th Jul 2011 07:07 in reply to "RE: Why?"
LouisBarman Member since:
2010-06-06

... when there is iOS, Android, Phone 7, webOS, Blackberry QNX + plus all the legacy mobile OS's.

Hum, let me think - - with so much choice in the market are any manufacturers really go to put this on a phone? Not really a good time to launch a new mobile OS is it?

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RE[3]: Why?
by Pro-Competition on Wed 27th Jul 2011 14:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
Pro-Competition Member since:
2007-08-20

Here is a link to another article that addresses this question: http://mozillalinks.org/2011/07/mozilla-boot-to-gecko-project-aims-...

In a nutshell, it will be 100% open source, unlike the corporate alternatives.

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RE[3]: Why?
by kenji on Wed 27th Jul 2011 15:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

... when there is iOS, Android, Phone 7, webOS, Blackberry QNX + plus all the legacy mobile OS's.

Hum, let me think - - with so much choice in the market are any manufacturers really go to put this on a phone? Not really a good time to launch a new mobile OS is it?

...and none are open source.

I get your point about entering a crowded market but everyone benefits from competition and choice. If this could prove to be a drop in replacement for android (with android app compatibility) then I think there would be a market for it. It would be mostly a geek thing but a market none the less.

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RE[3]: Why?
by Not2Sure on Wed 27th Jul 2011 23:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
Not2Sure Member since:
2009-12-07

Well when you consider the size of the potential market relative to the development costs there is probably room for a profitable niche OS offering.

Bada does pretty well in certain markets for example and is just part of Samsungs offerings obviously. I could see a niche for some exotic OS on some interesting platform, but then again I also bought a Nokia N900 ;)

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