FirefoxOS

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Accepted Session
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Beginner
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B302/303

Excerpt

FirefoxOS is Mozilla's response to the problems that it sees with the mobile space. Walled gardens, platform fragmentation, and single-purpose SDKs in non-web programming languages threaten to close off the open web from the mobile space. In this presentation I will be covering the basics of FirefoxOS, and how it is the only mobile OS that answers to nobody but you.

Description

FirefoxOS has several critically important qualities that make it an important player in the mobile landscape. Just as Firefox kept the web an open platform (and remains to do so), FirefoxOS aims to do the same for the mobile space.

To accomplish all this FirefoxOS had to pioneer some new territory, including the creation of standards for many mobile-type things that didn’t exist on the desktop. Additionally, it was important that web developers should already know how to create apps using techniques and technologies that are already familiar with them.

Demonstrations will be given with simulators that can be used on any personal computer (Windows, Mac, Linux), as well as with live prototype devices. If time permits, I can discuss the FirefoxOS build system and why it is perfect for porting to other devices, and already has for popular devices such as the Raspberry Pi.

Speaking experience

Open Source Bridge: The Art of Open Source DJing
Linux.conf.au: Ganeti: Clustered virtualization on commodity hardware [1]
Linux.conf.au + FOSS.in: How to use Puppet like an Adult [2]
Linux.conf.au + FOSS.in: An introduction to FirefoxOS [3]
FOSDEM: IT@Mozilla: Open Sourcing the Infrastructure
MozCamp Asia: IT and Community
Beaver BarCamp: The Dark Arts of the Secure SHell

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQc8GcedfEU
[2] http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2013/ogv/How_to_use_Puppet_like_an_Adult.ogv
[3] http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2013/ogv/Introduction_to_FirefoxOS.ogv

Speaker

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    Benjamin Kero

    Mozilla Corporation

    Biography

    Ben is a system administrator at Mozilla, and spends most of his time wrestling with version control systems, embedded Linux, hardware hacking, general DIY, open source software advocacy, and weekend auto racing.

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