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Mozilla Plans New Operating System

There is currently a race going on between smartphones’ operating system companies Google and Apple, both leading with their Android and iOS operating systems. But guess what? Mozilla is also joining the race.

Mozilla has announced that it will be working on development of a new opeating system. This will be an open source operating system. It is code named as “Boot To Gecko” as it is powered by Gecko, a layout rendering engine. It will be a completely open source operating system unlike Android.

Mozilla might use some parts of Android to set a base for hardware compatibility and then write the code of new OS over this base.

A Mozilla engineer Andreas Gal officially announced the new OS in a statement released yesterday, “We propose a project we’re calling “Boot to Gecko” to pursue the goal of building a complete, standalone operating system for the open web. It’s going to require work in a number of areas. 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. We aren’t trying to have these native-grade apps just run on Firefox, we’re trying to have them run on the web”.

As far as I can tell, Mozilla is playing an already lost game. There are already too many operating systems and I think it is too late for Mozilla to jump in, besides, they can’t even build a stable 32-bit browser that works well on 64-bit operating systems, imagine when they try building an OS. Bet you it will be riddled with vulnerabilities.
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