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Mozilla revealed preliminary plans today to take the Gecko engine that drives its Firefox browser and turn it into an open-source operating system that will eventually work on phones and tablets.
Called Boot to Gecko, it is known that the source code will be released to the public "in real-time," wrote Andreas Gal, a Mozilla researcher. Gecko is the rendering engine that powers Firefox and the e-mail client Thunderbird. By contrast, while Google's Android mobile operating system is open source, the main development work on it does not become available until after Google has green-lit its publication--sometimes not until months afterward.
We do need another OS. Competition is good, trying things is good, and this also has the advantage of being open source and guaranteed to stay that way.
Well its either use the webstack (and at least they are trying to improve the API, or use iOS and be stuck with Apple controls
Linux is dominating the desktop market, right?
End users won't care.
I'm sure they will be thrilled that they don't have to wait for tech support, they can just download the source and debug it themselves.
No, but it is dominating the server market,
"mostly open source" Android
But a good many of them use Firefox (entirely open source).