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Mozilla's Firefox OS Ported to Raspberry Pi

By - Source: Gervase Markham | B 11 comments

Mozilla's open source operating system, Firefox OS, has made it to the Raspberry Pi.

Oleg Romashin published a video on Youtube that shows the software's interface successfully running on the Raspberry Pi platform.

Mozilla could use all the support it can get to launch the operating system, which is designed as an open platform supporting HTML5 technologies. This is in contrast to the walled gardens of Apple, Google and Microsoft. The operating system is currently scheduled to debut commercially sometime next year in Latin America and Europe shortly thereafter.

Romashin's video is a showcase of Firefox OS' open nature, but Mozilla will have to work on a strong message to differentiate its mobile platform from what is already available today. Consumers may only see the tile-based user interface that resembles currently available interfaces on the market. Openness can carry Mozilla a certain distance, but Daniel Cawrey of NDICIO Research argues that Mozilla's opportunity really lies in security and privacy.

"If Mozilla decides to implement features to depersonalize the web experience for users who want that, it has a good shot at establishing itself, emerge as an unexpected contender and challenge an established environment once again," Cawrey wrote in a blog post.

Oleg Romashin has made the Firefox OS build for Raspberry PI available for download on his website.

Firefox OS web runtime on raspberry pi (LinuxGL widget port)

 

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    guru_urug , August 15, 2012 3:24 PM
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    Mozilla could use all the support it can get to launch the operating system, which is designed as an open platform supporting HTML5 technologies. This is in contrast to the walled gardens of Apple, Google and Microsoft.


    Seriously?
    You cant have Google in the same category as Apple when it comes to platform openness.
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    Netherscourge , August 15, 2012 3:47 PM
    Can we get this on Jailbroken iOS?

    Mobile Safari and Mobile Chrome just...plain... suck.
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    house70 , August 15, 2012 3:49 PM
    guru_urugSeriously?You cant have Google in the same category as Apple when it comes to platform openness.

    This is Gruener talking; he really doesn't know anything about Android. Please forgive him.

    Mozilla, let us install this OS on ANY hardware platform we choose and you have a convert right here.
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    Anonymous , August 15, 2012 4:14 PM
    lmao quality article from Gruener again
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    Anonymous , August 15, 2012 6:28 PM
    You can already install it on any platform you want, you just might have to do some porting work. (There are no magical porting fairies that will do that work for you.) The source is all freely available:
    https://github.com/mozilla-b2g/
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    annymmo , August 15, 2012 6:57 PM
    Here is a good one:
    make a phone OS without auto-correct.
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    annymmo , August 15, 2012 6:58 PM
    Everyone seems to hate it.
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    ashinms , August 15, 2012 8:30 PM
    NetherscourgeCan we get this on Jailbroken iOS?Mobile Safari and Mobile Chrome just...plain... suck.


    People like you are why people like me consider all apple fans are retards.
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    dark_knight33 , August 16, 2012 3:12 AM
    NetherscourgeCan we get this on Jailbroken iOS?Mobile Safari and Mobile Chrome just...plain... suck.


    This is so bad, I can't tell if this is just an outright troll attempt.

    Firefox 'OS' is an Operating System. See what I did there? It includes, but is not just, a broswer. The whole device runs in a Mozilla created environment.
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    randomizer , August 16, 2012 3:46 AM
    guru_urugSeriously?You cant have Google in the same category as Apple when it comes to platform openness.


    Yea, you sort of can. There's nothing really open about Android unless you plan on making a fork of it.
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    blazorthon , August 16, 2012 3:53 AM
    Wolfgang Gruener
    Mozilla could use all the support it can get to launch the operating system, which is designed as an open platform supporting HTML5 technologies. This is in contrast to the walled gardens of Apple, Google and Microsoft. The operating system is currently scheduled to debut commercially sometime next year in Latin America and Europe shortly thereafter.


    Last I checked, Android is an open source Linux distribution that hosts Java (if I remember correctly) for its software. How is it any less open than this Mozilla system which seems to do the same, just with HTML5 instead of Java? We can even customize our own Android systems if we want to with specialized ROMs and such. Heck, we can even make our own. How much more open does it get than that?
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