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[2]: So basically...
by Radio on Wed 27th Jul 2011 07:20 UTC in reply to "RE: So basically..."
Radio
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2009-06-20

How many mobile OSs do we really need?
That (rhetorical) question is pointless for what is, for now, an experiment.

Now, if I try to answer your question seriously:

-Monoculture is bad, for security as well as for progress (imagine if Apple died or ditched OSX, like so many argued because "we don't need it"...)

-the smartphone market may not be like the PC market: we will not see all platforms but one or two disappear.
http://www.asymco.com/2011/07/06/the-post-pc-era-will-be-a-multi-pl...
Sorry for the developpers.

-Which means that lazy developpers are better writing web apps; even if they want afterwards to turn their work into a native app, they often can encapsulate it inside a java/C#/objective-C/etc. container.
(Of course, I am completely at odds with the weak, stretched argument exposed here: http://mattgemmell.com/2011/07/22/apps-vs-the-web/ )

-Ergo, B2G is THE reference platform of the future. This is not only a question of open-source zealotism. There is far more sense and strategy into it.

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RE[3]: So basically...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 27th Jul 2011 18:04 in reply to "RE[2]: So basically..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14


-Ergo, B2G is THE reference platform of the future. This is not only a question of open-source zealotism. There is far more sense and strategy into it.


The reference platform of the future? You mean the reference platform of the future that no one uses because its not installed by any device manufacturers, but is still the lowest common denominator of all smart phones, or would be except for the differences between the mozilla and webkit rendering engines?

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RE[4]: So basically...
by Radio on Wed 27th Jul 2011 20:04 in reply to "RE[3]: So basically..."
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

What are you going to do of your Galaxy S or iPhone4 in two year's time, when it won't have been updated for a long time? Ditch it?

B2G sounds like a good alternative ROM to install, far less complicated than maintaining a custom Android AOSP build (if Google does not cut access to the code source, anyway). Well, except for the iPhone4 whose non-removable battery will be fried by then.

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