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DOA?

Posted Apr 20, 2014 11:20 UTC (Sun) by man_ls (guest, #15091)
In reply to: Mozilla's interim CEO: Chris Beard by b7j0c
Parent article: Mozilla's interim CEO: Chris Beard

Perhaps the Firefox OS terminals in the market are not the best, but there is definitely a niche. If the underlying idea is sound then they have a chance: running HTML5 apps on bare metal saves resources, since there is no OS to manage, and terminals can be much cheaper.

Personally I doubt it is a good idea. Look at how Android has taken the market by storm with a weird stack made of Linux + a custom Java interpretation layer, both quite wasty in resources. Apparently bare metal is not so bare these days. But the strategy is sound: it remains to be seen if a good implementation can storm the market from the bottom up, as such revolutions usually happen.

I hope Mozilla does not try to build "chips that run JavaScript natively" as the next logical step: it did not work for Sun either.


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DOA?

Posted Apr 20, 2014 14:11 UTC (Sun) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

Look at how Android has taken the market by storm with a weird stack made of Linux + a custom Java interpretation layer, both quite wasty in resources.

Where have you gotten that idea? Android's custom Java interpretation layer may be slow but it's one of the most lightweight interpretation layers. It's most definitely less wasteful than HTML5. As for Linux and other below-Dalvik components—most are in FirefoxOS as well.

Remember that first Android prototype had just 64MB of RAM and even first commercial Android phone had 192MB of RAM where FirefoxOS developers boast is that “we already run great with 256MB RAM” (of course they claim that “we are aiming at working well with 128MB RAM and will hit that soon”, but it's not yet realized).

FirefoxOS is only “lightweight” compared to latest and greatest versions of Android, if you compare it to the version of Android which “took market by storm” then it's a pig. And, well, even today if you don't need support for latest and greatest Android goodies then you can just go and pick old version of Android, there are no need to play with untested and unproven OS.


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