Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Feb 2013 15:22 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "'But how is it going to beat Android or iOS?' That's the reaction many people have when I tell them that I am working on Firefox OS, the new mobile operating system from Mozilla. It is a logical reaction. After all, we live in times where every major software company and its mother is releasing a mobile platform, struggling to lure developers into their new proprietary environment, APIs, libraries, etc. And indeed, many of these companies barely make it or don’t make it at all. But Firefox OS will not be directly battling against other mobile platforms. Its main objective is to change the way the world develops mobile apps, and even in the unlikely event that Firefox OS itself disappears in the process, if web-apps become mainstream, it will have succeeded."
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RE[2]: Taking credit
by Alfman on Tue 12th Feb 2013 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Taking credit"
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"Where are they mainstream? I have seen a few demos of how a webapp would work but nothing real yet. I am still waiting until websites like gmail and greader become webapps."

Yes, these are are a couple of the webapps that people have been using instead of local binary counterparts.

"If you think they are already let me tell you what they are missing:
- works offline
- doesn't need a special plugin/program/browser"

The following link may interest you:

Though I must say, my personal opinion is that I'd rather improve & standardize the network transparency of local apps with sandboxing/provisioning/updates rather than have to go into the browser to use "local webapps" and loose most of my host OS features.

I think JavaOne was a great model for the convergence between network and local applications, but it may have been too early for it's time. It's prospects disintegrated as sun ultimate fell apart.

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