VIA has just announced a partnership with Mozilla for support and development of Firefox OS for APC Rock and APC Paper platforms based on WonderMedia WM8950 single core ARM Cortex A9 SoC.
Firefox OS source code and documentation for the APC boards are available on the company’s apc-firefox-os github repository. To motivate the developer’s community, the company is also offering free APCs to developers that fix specific bugs.
A first version was released on the 22nd of November 2013, with the following fixes:
- Updated firmware package to support HDMI hotplug as the solution from VIA
- Switched to latest base from Mozilla and using master branch for all Mozilla repos
- Support multiple hardware keyboard hot plug
- Fixed so that Mozilla soft home button can be enabled via settings
- Supports Ethernet cable hot plug
- Enabled SNTP with Ethernet network
- Set default display timeout to never
- Fixed some orientation bug due to migration to master
- Fixed WiFi connection bug due to migration to master
- Supports Mouse wheel event
But I can’t find a way to download this version via a tarball, a branch, or tag on github, nevertheless it’s probably better to use the latest code as several commits have been done since that release, although there appears to have been no activity in the last three weeks.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
do you guys think firefox os would be more user friendly than android do u think it would be more linux (debian or ubuntu) friendly
Firefox OS has also been announced in Panasonic TVs – http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/06/panasonic-ffos-tvs/
User-friendliness can be subjective. Android currently has a better set of features than Firefox OS, but the latter can run better on lower end hardware.
The hardware for Android and Firefox OS is the same, both projects are open source and AFAIK rely on Android drivers, so I doubt there would be any difference in terms of Linux support.