Mozilla is planning on creating a truly open-source mobile operating system based on the web.
Mozilla has given us the Firefox browser and now wants to bring us a HTML5-based mobile OS. Announcing the project, called Boot to Gecko, researcher Andreas Gal said it would be done in the open and all code would be published as it is written.
Gecko is the rendering engine that powers the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email program. The aim of the project will be to get apps running without the need for the browser, effectively creating a web-based OS. The developers plan to use some building blocks from Android, for booting and drivers, though they are open to ditching Google’s OS if that’s what the Mozilla community feel is best.
Speaking via the developers forum, Gal stated that "Mozilla believes that the web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development."
He added: "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."
The project’s ultimate goal is “breaking the stranglehold of proprietary technologies over the mobile device world" which is an ambitious aim indeed but the project could find difficulty in converting users from Android, iOS or WP7.
However, if the developers do end up using Android as a building block for the OS, it will automatically run on a huge range of handsets rather than having to convince manufacturers to build phones specifically for them.
The project is looking to the Mozilla community to take part in the development of Boot to Gecko and if you have an interest in this, check out the source link below.
Source: Booting to the Web