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Mozilla OS, Boot to Gecko, can run on a Motorola Defy

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Mozilla OS, Boot to Gecko, can run on a Motorola Defy
The earliest we've heard about any potential devices launching with Mozilla's mobile OS, codenamed Boot to Gecko, is sometime in early 2013 in Brazil. But, in the meantime, the developer community is continuing to work on bringing the open source platform to more devices as soon as possible. The latest is a ROM that can actually boot and run on a Motorola Defy.

The ROM comes from developer m11kkaa. And although there is no video of it yet, it's said to be running well on a Motorola Defy. Apparently, the device can boot, the sound works, and the touchscreen works, but nothing else, so it really isn't something you'll want as a primary system. It also does seem to be an older version of the Boot to Gecko software, because the UI isn't quite a slick as you'd expect. 

We're hoping to see more success from developers with B2G, because it seems like a good idea. B2G is intended to leverage web development, but add in extra development options with OS-specific stacks. In a lot of ways, it's like what Google has been doing with Chrome and HTML5, but in the mobile world. 

source: XDA

Mozilla OS, Boot to Gecko, can run on a Motorola Defy
Mozilla OS, Boot to Gecko, can run on a Motorola Defy

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posted on 03 Sep 2012, 15:23 9

1. TylerGrunter (Posts: 859; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


I would like to see it success, but my personal opinion is that it will have as much success as Linux has in the desktopo world: some niche of less than 5% and I´m being optmistic with the future of the platform.
Why? Because even if it´s a great idea to have a Web Platform, all the others will have Native Applications AND Web Apps with HTML5. So, as a consumer, why would you buy an OS that will ofer you less than the others?
All the best for the B2G platform anyway!

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 17:08

5. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


True. I have doubts this will actually even be seen stateside on any phones. Think of it like Desktop computers, except even worse, because you cant buy parts and assemble your own phone like you can your computer, so the OS is always preinstalled every time you buy a phone, if you want this OS you will have to do the grunt work of undoing the OS its on. With a desktop computer, you can just get a live cd or something and install whatever Linux distro you want.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 19:23 1

6. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Maybe Mozilla should partner up with Google on Android development and add to it.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:09 1

7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


maybe this will work on the 1srt world country... coz me i dont really like the idea of a web-base OS... but i think it should run like android but support HTML5 apps...

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:44 2

8. Dr.Phil (Posts: 862; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Well, if you think about it, Android was comparable to Linux when it first came out. Smartphones at the time were either Windows, iOS, Blackberry OS, or Palm. Along came Android, which by the way is a Linux-based operating system, and people didn't know if it really had a shot but it took off steadily in the first year until it started to rocket to huge success in the following years. The popularity of Android is attributed to so many things that Linux for the desktop world has not had such as: a device manufacturer to build phones with Android on them (HTC being the first one to really adopt and promote it), a carrier to support them (at the time T-Mobile), and a large (and growing) company that created it and had the money to spend to market it (Google). Remember at the time Palm, Windows, and Blackberry were major players in the smartphone world, but now Android is doing better in the market share than all of those (if the market share numbers in the U.S. I looked at before are still correct). You cannot always compare the desktop world to the smartphone world because there are more factors that occur in the smartphone world (e.g. carrier support) than the desktop world. Although, you can ponder the reasons why Linux never became popular maybe because of lack of hardware manufacturer support and marketability. I mean imagine if HP or Dell were to make laptops and desktops with Linux on them and then started to advertise on commercials how good the Linux OS was. I think you would be looking at a different ball field.

Now, back to Mozilla, I think it has a good chance of being popular. It all depends on what I mentioned before about carrier support and device manufacturer support. Without those two things, then it may not have such a great shot. Mozilla is a well-known company, so I think you will have some developers supporting it from the get-go when it does come out. I can't wait to try it out. Also, if the rumors are true about it costing $200 for a phone off-contract, then count me in.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 01:02 1

11. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


as i said before, it will only works of 1st world country since they got lots of money to have unli data plan.. but in 3rd world like the philippines, i dont know if it will work...

Mozilla even said that the OS can run on a $50 phone... i think this will be a massive success!

but as for me, i dont really like the idea of being web base but as long as its user freindly, you can count me in too!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:25

14. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


HTML5 apps can run" Offline", the Chrome App Store has several apps that can do this.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 18:36

15. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


like what app? games?

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 15:56

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Do we even need that?

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 16:24 1

3. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Why not

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 16:34 3

4. Sparhawk (Posts: 75; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


Do we "need" more than one mobile OS? Of course not. But more choices = a good thing.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 23:51

9. DKMDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


Too many choices could be a bad thing as well especially for Developers cos their future revenue on their apps could be split and one OS might bring in more money then the others also considering that theres gonna be BBOS 10,Open WEB OS and if you include this theres going to be different OS's to develop for

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 00:55 2

10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


no it wont be that pain for devs... devs even said that its easy to build HTML5 apps than native...

open WebOS is base on a brand new kernel of linux kernel 3.3 and android being 3.1...

BB10 will not be hard for dev to develop games since its easy to port apps from android to BB10.. all devs need to do is "COPY THEN PASTE"

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 01:12 2

12. DKMDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


totally understandable thanks for the clarification

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 01:33 1

13. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Sometimes it seems the right ideas are a bit too late. We have seen so little of Firefox's OS, seems strange to write it off. But I kinda have. It seems to me that Mozella is doing it right- start it off in a market where it can build a fan base and iron out it's inevitable problems at launch. But I see so much established competition, it is a bad time to try and launch from scratch. I see both WP and BB10 as 3rd and 4th (reorder as you want) based on ecosystems and money available to support. I see this, Tizen, the new MeeGo, and open sourced WebOS (sigh... I miss my Pre Plus) as near "hobbies" that may settle in like a Bada did for Samsung- maybe a niche in a certain market, but not enough to crawl out of the "others" catagory without a serious shot of MAJOR cash and development. I have no idea how deep Mozella's pockets are.

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