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Post by Petal Jewuell Signerwithia
for India IT Specialists, Inc
Mozilla recently announced it's entering new territory
with the development of its own mobile operating system, Boot-to-Gecko.
The company's aim
is to develop an operating system for mobile platforms that don't live under a single-vendor stack for application development.
Overall, the company is looking to "pursue the goal of building a complete, standalone operating system for the open
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doing this, Mozilla will go up against the heavy hitters in the mobile OS industry: Apple with iOS, Google with Android
and even Microsoft with Windows Phone 7. Mozilla's Andreas Gal, one of the developers on the project,
stressed the project is in the early stages and hasn't set a date for completion.
The company acknowledged
the challenges ahead of them. The developers will have to create new prototype APIs for exposing device and OS capabilities
to content. It will have to create a prototype low-level substrate for an Android-compatible device
to even get started.
Naturally, many are skeptical of Mozilla's chances to succeed.
For one, the company could face patent issues. Mozilla's plans to use pieces of Android, such as kernel and device drivers,
could open it to litigation says Florian Mueller, an independent patent analyst.
"Mozilla may be able to avoid large parts
of the IP issues facing Android by using only certain components and building new software on top of it. But the patent thicket
is still there," Mueller said toComputerWorld.