Mozilla has begun circling its shaky, new age wagons around a web app store model that won't short change developers. The open source browser maker said in a blog post yesterday that "core" to its hippy vision of the web was to support coders who develop apps and websites across the intertubes. "Web developers are expressing …
All Mozilla needs to do to save itself from going the way of the Dodo is to make Firefox fast again. A few years ago, you would always mention speed as a big + for FF vs IE. Now, whilst IE is still slower, Firefox's completely blank screen whilst it updates & it's general slowness means you can't really say that. It's just got massively bloated over time.
"Firefox co-founder Blake Ross,"
"who now works at Facebook"
No more App Stores...
....leave them to the closed platforms.
I thought there was already a big store of web apps. Wasn't it called the internet?
IE still must be purchased
No exceptions. You must purchase IE with any Microsoft software.
Saying it is unbundled when that is not at all the case only discredits the speaker.
Making it easier to download alternatives does not uncommingle the code either. And that was determined to be illegal in the US court system.
The trade press really does need to get their facts straight before they open their mouth.
Shoulders of giants
Blake Ross could probably do with reminding, that whilst he may have been intrinsic in the creation of Phoenix (as it was then), it was only possible because he was able to stand on the shoulders of giants.
Specifically, shoulders of those who had created the core codebase (XUL, XPCOM, XPConnect) that under pins much of where Mozilla today - a code base he had absolutely nothing to do with designing, creating or writing.
Phoenix - Firebird - Firefox wasn't innovative, it was a recompilation. XUL was - it took Microsoft almost 5 years to understand it and release XAML, and with the hoo haa over Flash - it seems most people still don't
Get XULRunner off the ground, connect it to the App Store
And you get cross platform apps (desktop and mobile) which can save data on Mozilla's Weave servers.
Well I like the idea.