What do people think of Boot to Gecko?

Posted Apr 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

The title pretty much says it all. What do people think of Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko operating system? It seems similar in many ways to Google’s Chrome OS and Chromium OS, i.e., a Linux system stripped down to very little more than what is needed to run a browser, with all applications running within the browser. The main differences are that it uses a browser based on Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine, instead of Google’s version of Webkit, and Mozilla is targeting it at smartphones, as opposed to Google targeting Chrome OS and Chromium OS at notebooks. It seems that the first smartphones using B2G will be sold in Brazil later this year or early next year.

  • android.fa.life

    very promising

  • Bpear96

    I used boot to Gecko on my galaxy s ii i9100, a early build i found on xda. It was alright but of course it cant to much atm.

  • orangestrat

    I’m so excited by it! I don’t think I’ll use it because of how much lingering hate I have towards mozilla for what firefox did/does to my computer, but when android becomes chrome OS for phones I’ll be very happy indeed.

    • professandobey

      I’m cautiously optimistic. I don’t really care for Mozilla either. I use Chrome OS, and completely see how web apps can do everything local apps do. I’m not 100% sure the concept translates so well to phones though. The biggest problem are carriers. Until we can use as much data as we need without extra charges or throttling, the wireless carriers will always be a roadblock to cloud computing.