Many people know Mozilla through its open-source Web browser, Firefox, one of the most widely used browsers on the Internet. But Mozilla would like many more people to know it through Boot to Gecko, the mobile operating platform Mozilla has developed that, like Firefox, resides on the Web.
The aim here is to tie the applications for the Boot to Gecko to a computer language that can be run by devices running any of the major smartphone operating systems—including Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, Research in Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry, and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows. The unifying feature of all these systems, in other words, is that they work on the Web, no matter that these phones may be loaded with many applications customized for a proprietary operating system.
Mozilla announced Boot to Gecko this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a major wireless industry showcase. The developer also has been working on a variety of applications designed to work smoothly with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system.
As a recent CNNMoney post notes, the Boot to Gecko strategy seems sensible enough, but because the system can’t draw on a phone’s processor, some applications, particularly those that involve streaming data, tend to run slowly. Still, it’s a start, and very much in the Mozilla open-source spirit.