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With Back to Gecko, Mozilla looks to the mobile market

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(Read caption) Boot to Gecko, a new mobile Mozilla OS, is forthcoming. Does it have a shot?

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Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind the popular Firefox browser, is looking to expand its operation – straight into the mobile market. Writing on the company wiki, Mozilla reps said they were in the early stages of developing an open-source operating system called Back to Gecko, which would be collectively authored, and work on both tablet computers and smartphones.

"This project is in its infancy; some pieces of it are only captured in our heads today, others aren’t fully explored," Mozilla reps wrote. "We’re talking about it now because we want expertise from all over Mozilla – and from people who aren’t yet part of Mozilla -- to inform and build the project we’re outlining here." Interested parties are encouraged to jump on an open Back to Gecko thread.

So what kind of shot does this Mozilla mobile enterprise have, anyway? Well, over at eWeek, Don Reisinger ticks down 11 reasons why Boot to Gecko doesn't have the faintest hope of competing against its better entrenched rivals. Among them: We already have an open-source mobile OS, and it's called Android. Also, vendors, fearing the possibility of cannibalization, may not want to start gearing products towards yet another operating system.

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