Mozilla plans to roll out new web-based OS with Boot to Gecko

Soon, Google’s Chrome OS won’t be the only web-based OS in town. If things go according to plan, Mozilla is set to launch its own web-based OS for handheld and other mobile devices with the help of HTML5. Mozilla plans on doing this through a project called “Boot to Gecko” (B2G) which they announced today through the Google groups forums. Mozilla aims to roll out a new standalone operating system for the open Web because it believes that “the web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development.”

Mozilla sees the following areas as some which need to be worked on:

  • 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

Those interested in working on the project can follow the real-time source release updates through Github here. The main goal is to implement new native-grade apps for devices that run not just on Firefox, but on the Web itself. Currently, there’s no timeline on the project, but knowing Mozilla, it shouldn’t take long for us all to see them drop something awesome.

Boot to Gecko via Silicon Filter

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