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Chrome OS Rival Mozilla Boot to Gecko (B2G) Revealed

Browser maker Mozilla has launched a new project to build a web based open source Smartphone and Tablet operating system to counter Google’s Chrome OS.

The company has dished out a project called Boot to Gecko (B2G), which will create a mobile operating system along the lines of Google’s Chrome OS platform, but will be targeted towards Smartphones and Tablet devices instead of netbooks.

Mozilla researcher Andreas Gal wrote on a blog post (opens in new tab) that the source code of the operating system will be released to the public in real-time, meaning that developers will be able to get their hands on the updates as and when they are created.

“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,” Gal said.

The mobile operating system will be based on the Gecko engine, which powers Mozilla’s Firefox web browser and Thunderbolt email management client. The apps running on the OS will not use the Android SDK but the new Web App APIs.

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