MOZILLA HAS REVEALED plans for a version of Firefox OS specifically for the Raspberry Pi.
This weekend at Mozilla Festival the company formally announced clear aims in mind for a flashable version of Mozilla OS (PiFxOS) for the Raspberry Pi.
According to the Mozilla Wiki, the first stage will be to achieve parity with existing OSs Raspian and RPi as a hobbyist platform with sensor, motor, LED, solenoids, slave board etc support. It specifies that "PiFxOS will be able to fly a drone".
The second phase will be to make a competitive media player UI for PiFxOS. The third will be to make PiFxOS's developer environment as good to work in as others such as IDLE and Scratch.
The fourth so-called 'Development Sprint' will be to allow users to build a declarative model of a reactive system. In other words, remote control a robot.
Other smaller-scale objectives include touchscreen support, gonk camera support, audio support (which is quite important for the media player), OpenH264 decoder back-end import and switching to a mesa/gallium upstream gfx stack.
An early build is already available for download, with no timescales in place yet for a stable version. As ever with new open source projects, these things can take an indeterminate amount of time.
It's been a topsy-turvy year for Mozilla. After shedding controversial CEO Brendan Eich in April after it was discovered that some of his views were a bit un-PC, the company has ditched its Windows 8 due to lack of interest, and is currently said to be courting Tor with a view to adding default encryption to the popular browser. µ
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