Mozilla managed to create a web browser, Firefox, that become one of the most used by web surfers. Now Mozilla is going to be going after the mobile OS like iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone with its own project, Boot2Gecko (B2G). In a response to a Twitter user, Mozilla's CTO Brendan Eich stated, "We'll be at MWC (World Mobile Congress) with partners..."
That likely means that Mozilla will be offering demos of B2G at the mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain in late February. It's also possible that the "partners" mentioned by Eich are smartphone hardware companies that will use this new OS on their devices.
In a continuation of that same Twitter conversation, Eich said that Mozilla has been working fast on this new OS. In addition, he claimed, "a partner has its own substitute home screen up and running." Indeed the official road map for B2G shows that a product demo for the OS is scheduled for sometime in the first quarter of 2012, with a product launch set for the second quarter of this year.
As with Firefox, the plan is that B2G will be an open source project with public code available to check out right now. It will be interesting to see how this new OS will stack up compared to the other mobile operating systems that will be shown off at the Mobile World Congress.