Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jul 2012 22:54 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Mozilla is creating a new kind of mobile operating system that is aligned with standards-based Web technologies. The platform, called Firefox OS, consists of the Gecko HTML rendering engine, a thin hardware enablement layer built on the Linux kernel, and a user interface layer called Gaia that is implemented entirely in HTML and JavaScript. The project was first announced in 2011 with the codename Boot2Gecko. It has matured considerably since then and is expected to arrive on handsets next year. Developers who want to get a head start will be pleased to learn that Mozilla has started producing daily builds of a B2G test environment that runs on conventional desktop computers."
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by bassbeast on Sat 21st Jul 2012 05:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
bassbeast
Member since:
2007-11-11

1 word...OpenMoko. Hackers talk a good game but when it comes to actually buying product unless you can make it uber cheap like the pi its "where'd they go?" and that's all she wrote.

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by Ithamar on Sat 21st Jul 2012 08:00 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Ithamar Member since:
2006-03-20

openMoko? Seriously? They never got a build out that was even remotely usable... The hardware was grosly underpowered and the software was even worse... QT had a build that was the only usable sw to use on those devices...

openMoko was a good concept, but the execution of that idea left a lot to be desired, and never really reached the 'usable' stage....

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by bassbeast on Sat 21st Jul 2012 18:54 in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

What about that FOSS game player, the G2P or whatever it was called? or OpenPandora? In both of those cases you had a device designed specifically to appeal to the FOSS hacker mindset and in both cases they simply couldn't move enough units to make it viable.

Mark my words, the same excuses you just used will be used again when MozOS comes out, simply because while hackers talk a good game IRL they tend to be really cheap. Something like the Pi or the Beagleboard, where they are out little? Those sell. When we are talking mobile we are talking $600+ devices and you know the carriers aren't gonna be offering contract discounts on a hacker friendly device.

Mark my words the hackers won't be there because they simply aren't gonna spend the money. hell why do you think the Linux forums are filled with guys bragging their machines were practically dumpster dived? because hackers are cheap with a capital C.

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by zima on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 20:50 in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

openMoko? Seriously? They never got a build out that was even remotely usable... The hardware was grosly underpowered and the software was even worse... QT had a build that was the only usable sw to use on those devices...

openMoko was a good concept, but the execution of that idea left a lot to be desired, and never really reached the 'usable' stage....

That's kinda the point - usually such projects don't really go far, in one way or the other. If you want more examples... it's similar with Qt Extended, SHR, Maemo, OPIE, GPE.

Do you remember that Mozilla had two abortive attempts at mobile browser? (and the present mobile FF sees a limited success)

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