The Firefox Kid: Blake Ross Working on Parakey Web OS

Blake Ross helped make Firefox one of the biggest open-source success stories ever. Just wait until you see what he’s up to now. Ross’s [project] is named Parakey. As he describes it, from a user’s point of view, Parakey is “a Web operating system that can do everything an OS can do.” Translation: it makes it really easy to store your stuff and share it with the world. Most or all of Parakey will be open source, under a license similar to Firefox’s. There are differences between the two projects, however. Although Ross plans to incorporate the talents and passions of the free-software community, he’s building Parakey around a for-profit business model. And he’s leading the charge with a simple battle cry: “One interface, not two!”


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