The new Firefox OS will be built around Gecko, the engine behind Firefox.
According to the article, 75% of “apps” (I hate that term) are already written in HTML5, which is entirely likely. Given the cross platform nature of HTML5 many of those “instant iOS” apps will have no problem migrating to the Firefox OS.
From the article:
The Mozilla Foundation has just renamed the project Boot to Gecko “Firefox OS”. But can we really talk about an operating system?
Absolutely. In terms of architecture, it is an operating system based on Linux, just as Android is. But we rely on Gecko, the Firefox web browser layout engine, to run applications written entirely in HTML5. We dropped XUL (the XML User Interface Language) in favour of HTML5, a language known to all web developers.
Finally Firefox has migrated to the “silent update” that has kept Chrome browsers updated.
The big changes with this update are the auto-update functionality, and the improvements mad to Developer Tools.
You can check out some other improvements such as:
- Multitouch on Android support
- Network timeouts on XMLHttpRequests
- Line breaks in tooltips!
- Many more!
If only Microsoft would allow Internet Explorer to auto update…
Developers over at Mozilla have released Firefox 8.0, Mozilla Firefox Adds Twitter Search and New Features that Make Web Browsing Easier.
Some features in the new release are:
- We no longer see “major” releases of Firefox as meaning anything
- twitter is now included as a search option
- Load tabs on demand
- Disabling add-ons installed by 3rd party add-ons
- Added support for CORS (Cross-Origin Resource Sharing)
As far as us developers are concerned:
- input and textarea now support selectionDirection and setSelectionRange()
- Focus ring on elements using the tabindex
- insertAdjacentHTML is implemented
- Nested label event handling is fixed
- window.postMessage() will pass File and FileList objects between windows
- .contenteditable areas now back to paragraph entry mode (shift enter is <br>)
- Fixed text-decoration rendering in quirks mode
- Console now has a dir() command that will display a list of the properties of an object.
Mozilla released Firefox 7 yesterday to the general public.
Don’t think of Firefox 7 as a totally new browser, they are just adopting the Chrome release number system (much more frequent releases, more minor upgrades).
The biggest gain in Firefox 7 is in that it can reduce memory usage by up to 50%, along with other performance optimizations.
I had forgotten about Firefox’s promise to release browsers more rapidly (following the Chrome rapid release model).
Firefox 5 was released today.
Some exciting improvements in Firefox 5 (mostly just the CSS3 animations):
- CSS3 Animations
- Mobile Firefox supports WOFF fonts
- Security fixes (of course)
- Enhanced Canvas tag support (accepts more, and works better)
- HTTP request performance improvements
- MathML support for embellished operators
Firefox 5 feels more of a “Firefox 4.1” from the UI perspective, but there are a lot of changes towards a more modern browser.
ConceivablyTech has done a good job summarizing the data from NetMarketShare.
Google’s Chrome had another successful month and ended 2010 with 10.70% market share, according to Net Applications and almost 16% according to StatCounter. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to lose market share on a fast pace while Mozilla’s Firefox is fighting and tightly holding on to the market share it has.