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Mozilla prepping browser-based OS

Posted on Wednesday, July 27 2011 @ 23:06:19 CEST by


The Tech Report writes the new quick-release scheme isn't the only thing Mozilla is borrowing from Google, the browser maker is now also planning a browser-based OS:
Mozilla's manifesto can be found here on the Mozilla wiki. The Boot to Gecko project, named after Mozilla's browser engine, will entail "building a complete, standalone operating system for the open web." Mozilla will apparently use Google's open-source Android software as a base, and I'm getting the impression that compatibility with phones is in the cards. Check out Mozilla's to-do list for the project:

  • New web APIs: build prototype APIs for exposing device and OS capabilities to content (Telephony, SMS, Camera, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.)
  • Privilege model: making sure that these new capabilities are safely exposed to pages and applications
  • Booting: prototype a low-level substrate for an Android-compatible device
  • Applications: choose and port or build apps to prove out and prioritize the power of the system.

    Now, we may not see the fruits of Mozilla's labor for a while yet. The Wiki page explains, "This project is in its infancy; some pieces of it are only captured in our heads today, others aren’t fully explored.




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