Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox web browser, has announced it is working on a mobile operating system of its own based on open source standards.
In a surprise bid to join an already crowded smartphone market, Mozilla has revealed a new project, dubbed Boot to Gecko (B2G), in an aim to create a truly open source mobile operating system for the web.
Although being coded from scratch, it will make use of “a slim layer of existing code” from Android, which is also open-source but is closely guarded by Google as far as its ongoing development is concerned.
Mozilla describes that Boot to Gecko will change that by creating a truly open source ecosystem for the platform.
“We will do this work in the open, we will release the source in real-time, we will take all successful additions to an appropriate standards group, and we will track changes that come out of that process.”
Moreover, Boot to Gecko will have a greater focus on web technologies, to enable the development and running of applications using open web standards.
“We aren't trying to have these native-grade apps just run on Firefox, we're trying to have them run on the web,” Mozilla declared.
How long it will take for the OS to come to life is still unknown. Whether or not if it’s even needed is debatable, but as proponents of open source software we’re definitely excited at the prospect of an OS developed by the users, for the users.
Follow the Boot to Gecko’s progress on its official Wikipedia.