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Boot to Gecko - Worth a Shot?

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aka Firefox OS

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Seems like a good idea. Has it compiled for armv6?

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Dazozzo is working on it for the Crescent..

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It also seems rather difficult

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Looks good :)

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Let's hope it works

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Haven't read about Firefox OS, what is it? Is it Android based?

Or is it like Chrome OS, WebOS enyo?

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I am also working away as a side project.

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If it's made with webpages does that mean it'll basically be infinitely customisable? To be honest the default theme leaves a lot to be desired.

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So, it wouldn't work very well on our devices anyway I imagine?..

Being armv6 and all, the web based apps simply won't run properly.

Facebook has problems loading up the thing I want (notifications, messages) on the first hit. It's very slow to react.

Also, html5 isn't the best on our devices.

What will this mean for apps?..

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So it's HTML5 based.

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So it's HTML5 based.

Yeah. It's a complete web based experience, rubbish if you have no Internet.

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Didn't realize skates were armv7 domt know what processor they have

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Didn't realize skates were armv7 domt know what processor they have
they're not armv7... they're armv6.
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Yeah. It's a complete web based experience, rubbish if you have no Internet.

Wrong. You can use it as you would a normal smartphone without internet.

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Wrong. You can use it as you would a normal smartphone without internet.

But if it is a full web style experience, how?..

I read up on it and, correct me if I'm wrong, it uses the Internet for near enough everything?..

Sadly our skates aren't strong on the Internet.. :/ it would take a lot of optimising...

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But if it is a full web style experience, how?..

I read up on it and, correct me if I'm wrong, it uses the Internet for near enough everything?..

Sadly our skates aren't strong on the Internet.. :/ it would take a lot of optimising...

The interface is built on HTML5. Doesn't mean it has to be online. Take Angry Birds Chrome for example. Built wholly on HTML5, but after you've downloaded it on Chrome OS or Chrome, you can play it offline. And it's still HTML5.

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The interface is built on HTML5. Doesn't mean it has to be online. Take Angry Birds Chrome for example. Built wholly on HTML5, but after you've downloaded it on Chrome OS or Chrome, you can play it offline. And it's still HTML5.

This is true. Didn't think of that.

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There are no Firefox OS phones right?

So how do you install it on android?

Can we get WP7, lol :D?

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Through recovery. The very low level code is based losely on android.

And no WP7 lol.

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Through recovery. The very low level code is based losely on android.

And no WP7 lol.

Ok so it is "based" on android.

:( :)

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Ok so it is "based" on android.

:( :)

Not really. When I say low level, I mean it. This is like ridiculously low and is probably common to all mobile oses.

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I think some things need to be cleared up here.

- *sigh* yes the Skate is ARMv6. Not sure where people got ARMv7 from.

- "Web-based" doesn't mean it requires Internet to work. Any HTML elements are stored locally.

- Like Lalit says, it's "based" on Android, but it doesn't mean much to us, other than it's likely we can flash it through a recovery.

- The reason we can't get WP7 is because this is open-source and WP7 isn't.

- Being open-source, it's already 'infinitely customizable', HTML-based or not.

Also, it's called Boot To Gecko (or B2G for short), not Firefox OS (though that is essentially what it is, since is also uses the Gecko engine). Foot, meet mouth.

if I remember correctly, the device Mozilla handed out with B2G was the Nexus S (correct me if not). That definitely means it may be possible to run it on other Android phones as well.

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Actually, it's now called Firefox os. Boot to gecko was the initial name of the PROJECT.

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