…Two years on from developer Oleg Romashin demonstrating a port of Boot to Gecko (also known as Firefox OS) for Raspberry Pi, Mozilla is rallying support from web developers to bring the OS up to par with Raspbian, the most commonly used OS among the several options available for the $35 boards.
Mozilla kicked off the campaign at MozFest 2014, held over the weekend in London, with the goal of releasing a downloadable or flashable version.
So far all it’s got is an early version for Raspberry Pi devices, which as it warns is “literally demoware” cobbled together based on the work of Romashin and Phillip Wagner who released a Firefox OS build for Pi last year. The demo version runs inside Raspbian.
As it notes on its Hacking b2g Raspberry Pi page, Firefox OS builds for Pi are “wildly insecure” and therefore shouldn’t be connected to a network “unless you don’t mind getting completely pwned”. The goal clearly is to move beyond this state and to make it a safer product for general hobbyists to play with.
Nonetheless, Mozilla’s wiki offers a place for contributors to share knowledge and track bug fixes along the way as well as laying out an ambitious list of milestones to make it useful for hobbyists, such as the ability to read from sensors and control motors, LEDS, solenoids, slave boards, as well as having Firefox OS powering a flying drone….
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