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Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko Running on a Samsung Galaxy SII
You could be forgiven for not having heard of Mozilla’s new project called Boot to Gecko. Truth be told, I knew very little about it until XDA Senior Moderator and Recognized Developer pulser_g2 revealed that he had it running on a Samsung Galaxy SII.
So what is Boot to Gecko? It’s a completely open source project from the nice people behind Firefox and the aim is “to pursue the goal of building a complete, standalone operating system for the open web”. Check out the official Mozilla Wiki for a complete run down of the project. It’s also being widely reported that B2G will be showcased at MWC 2012.
B2G is not a new version of Android, nor is it based on Android. Although it shares some of the same low level building blocks such as the Linux kernel. This does not however, mean that B2G will run Android applications.
The team behind this are currently developing the project using Galaxy S II and information on how to build B2G for yourself is available via the Mozilla developer network. If you just want to jump in and try it out for yourself though, pulser_g2 has taken care of that for you already.
Obviously due to the project still being in it’s infancy, functionality is limited and this won’t be suitable for daily use. Confirmed as working though are;
- Calls / SMS
- Front Camera (won’t capture an image)
- WiFi (limited functionality)
Pulser_G2 states that he has set up an automated build system an hopes to build this daily, which will allow you to follow the development of this exciting new project as closely as possible.
The thread containing the build and instructions on how to get started can be found in the original thread.
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