Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 15:32 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Jay Sullivan, Mozilla's VP of Product, has revealed that the not-for-profit organization is not going to build an iOS version of its Firefox web browser as long as Apple doesn't mend its unfriendly ways towards third party browsers." So that would most likely be never.
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RE: Makes sense...
by Kroc on Sun 10th Mar 2013 18:38 UTC in reply to "Makes sense..."
Kroc
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2005-11-10

But Mozilla don't allow any non-Gecko browser on Firefox OS; all apps are HTML, so are they not calling the pot black?

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RE[2]: Makes sense...
by shmerl on Sun 10th Mar 2013 18:43 in reply to "RE: Makes sense..."
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2010-06-08

Where does Mozilla say they don't allow anything? Apple says it explicitly in their iOS SDK license.

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RE[3]: Makes sense...
by Nelson on Sun 10th Mar 2013 20:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Makes sense..."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The word implicit was added to the dictionary for a reason. I think you've stumbled upon a usage.

The limitation is implied, because the fundamental architecture of the OS prohibits it.

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RE[2]: Makes sense...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 18:48 in reply to "RE: Makes sense..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

But Mozilla don't allow any non-Gecko browser on Firefox OS; all apps are HTML, so are they not calling the pot black?


Is there actually source for this one? Not questioning it - just wondering where it's from.

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RE[3]: Makes sense...
by shmerl on Sun 10th Mar 2013 18:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Makes sense..."
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

I think Kroc was implying that you can't run native applications in Firefox OS, so no other browsers implicitly as well. But it's a design restriction, not some sick legal prohibition so it's not comparable. It's like saying that JVM discriminates the native code.

Edited 2013-03-10 18:51 UTC

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RE[2]: Makes sense...
by jacquouille on Sun 10th Mar 2013 19:14 in reply to "RE: Makes sense..."
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2006-01-02

That's a really good question in fact. I believe that the difference is that you can take Mozilla's Firefox OS and replace Gecko by the Web engine of your choice, provided that that engine implements the same Web APIs that Mozilla added to support the various things needed on a phone --- which has already started, with Samsung already adding some of these APIs to WebKit. By contrast, you can't take Apple's iOS and replace WebKit by the Web engine of your choice.

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