Mozilla have been working aggressively to get the final touches to their new FireFox OS for mobile ready for production. Initially it will be released by T-Mobile in Poland with the view to expand.
Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, is hiring a team of several thousand software engineers to work on the platform and support customers, it said recently. Next for Mozilla is to get their OS on a tablet. Mozilla is “moving aggressively and you’ll see things soon,” CTO Brendan Eich said when asked about a tablet.
The main attraction of this OS is the fact it will be built on HTML 5, so all the apps will be web based which will take away the need to create apps for multiple platforms. HTML5 is a markup language used for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web and a core technology of the Internet – this will ensure a thriving community of app developers will be ready to hit the ground running when this OS hits the mainstream.
Ubuntu has always been my OS of choice on my lightweight netbooks and embedded ITX systems and at one point I managed to get the desktop version running on my HTC Desire HD as well as working on an Ubuntu/OSX/Windows multi boot experimental system. I love how it’s completely open, free to download and is also well supported by a dedicated community of users from across the globe.
Verizon (a network provider in the United States) will be the first to get onboard with the project:
Samir Vaidya, member of Verizon’s Device Technology team states, “Verizon Wireless is joining Ubuntu’s CAG to participate in technology discussions around this new platform, which has the ability to bring new and exciting features to developers and ultimately, customers.” Canonical stated that they would like to have the first Ubuntu-based smartphones in two global markets by this October, with more markets following in 2014.
The above leads me on to the announcement that the Ubuntu Edge failed to meet it’s IndieGoGo fundraiser investments of $32 million but still managed to raise an impressive $12.6m (a record for that site), this is a shame as both the specifications and the premise of it being the first true handheld desktop replacement system sounded very promising. Should Adobe ever bring Creative Cloud to the Linux OS I will be the first to make the jump!