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Mozilla aims to play the OS game

Mozilla is plotting to join the operating system fray with an "open Web" twist.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Mozilla is plotting to join the operating system fray with an "open Web" twist.

The group outlined a project called Boot to Gecko on its Wiki page:

Mozilla believes that the web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development. To make open web technologies a better basis for future applications on mobile and desktop alike, we need to keep pushing the envelope of the web to include --- and in places exceed --- the capabilities of the competing stacks in question.

In other words, Mozilla is tiring of Microsoft OSes vs. Google's Chrome OS and Android. Mozilla is aiming for Web APIs for things like camera, USB and Bluetooth, booting for an Android compatible device and applications.

This project is just a baby, but it's worth following the Google Group on Boot to Gecko. There are some interesting ideas and questions revolving around the following:

  • Why not boot a Linux stack?
  • How much Android/Java would be used?
  • What type of device will be used for a prototype?

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