Test Firefox OS now on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC

Earlier this month, Mozilla announced that its mobile operating system, officially named Firefox OS, would be put into some low end smartphones starting in early 2013 in Brazil. The OS is based on HTML5, the same language used to make websites and other applications.

Now Mozilla is allowing anyone with a Windows, Linux or Mac PC to check out and even test early builds of Firefox OS. In a blog post, Mozilla’s Tony Chung stated:

If you’re a web developer, you can use these builds to create and test your webApp against.  If you’re looking to help do some testing, these desktop builds will also give you an immediate opportunity to play with and help us write testplans and file bugs.

This download is not for the casual PC user but if you want to get an early glimpse into what Mozilla is doing to compete with iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry you can download the Firefox OS daily desktop builds right now. After that is accomplished, you will have to head over to the Gaia Hacking Wiki page for instructions on how to set up your PC to install the Firefox OS build.

Source: Mozilla blog | Image via Mozilla

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I love that it will be based on HTML5. Opens up a whole new world of customization.
Although looking like that, I think Apple will be poking their nose in soon enough for a patent claim.

I just wish they'd focus their energies on getting their browser to stop loosing market share. A mobile OS? Really? Not against some other group working something like this, based on Firefox code, but Mozilla itself? It's a goofy distraction. I love Firefox and they need to focus on keeping the browser ahead of the curve. Chrome is really taking over the non-IE browser share, which is a shame cause I like Firefox better.

Mortis said,
That font is butt ugly.

im so sorry that the devs failed to impress you on this current code release.
maby the next one will please the lord of the trolls?

I think this could work out well. They obviously can't compete with the likes of Google with technological advancements but you don't need that for low end devices. It was absurd to hear Google make a mobile phone OS, lets see what Mozilla has to offer.

Hm... I might play around with it. But I really don't like this new practice of naming OS's after existing products... It kind of confuses people I think. Now are we talking about the web browser or the OS? Not that I think Mozilla should be wasting their limited resources on trying to enter this space, but if they are going to, they should give it its own name...

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... I might play around with it. But I really don't like this new practice of naming OS's after existing products... It kind of confuses people I think. Now are we talking about the web browser or the OS? Not that I think Mozilla should be wasting their limited resources on trying to enter this space, but if they are going to, they should give it its own name...

All of the UI is HTML/CSS/JS which runs on Gecko so there is some meaning to naming it after Firefox.

Wow you people are a joke. Why do you even come here if you are unwilling to try new things in the tech industry? Im gonna give it a whirl, why the hell not!

Iridium said,
Wow you people are a joke. Why do you even come here if you are unwilling to try new things in the tech industry? Im gonna give it a whirl, why the hell not!

*brofist*

Iridium said,
Wow you people are a joke. Why do you even come here if you are unwilling to try new things in the tech industry? Im gonna give it a whirl, why the hell not!

More people should be this open-minded

A new operating system could mean more competition, especially if it includes some innovative features.

Iridium said,
Wow you people are a joke. Why do you even come here if you are unwilling to try new things in the tech industry? Im gonna give it a whirl, why the hell not!

If it ends up being great, that's fine, but I don't have much confidence in this product or Mozilla anymore for that matter.

Iridium said,
Wow you people are a joke. Why do you even come here if you are unwilling to try new things in the tech industry? Im gonna give it a whirl, why the hell not!

it's our opinions, deal with it.

aviator189 said,

it's our opinions, deal with it.
And our opinion is that your opinion sucks. Looks like we've came to an obstacle...

KCRic said,
And our opinion is that your opinion sucks. Looks like we've came to an obstacle...

It's only an obstacle when you can't accept another's opinion. Who called who a joke?

aviator189 said,
hmm...that looks familiar.
Oh really? Because it has icons on the screen? Or is it the icon bar at the bottom. Get back to me and let me know which platform it resembles. Then let me know what company was first to debut icons, icons on the bottom of the screen, color icons, etc...

KCRic said,
Oh really? Because it has icons on the screen? Or is it the icon bar at the bottom. Get back to me and let me know which platform it resembles. Then let me know what company was first to debut icons, icons on the bottom of the screen, color icons, etc...
Why, don't you know?

KCRic said,
Oh really? Because it has icons on the screen? Or is it the icon bar at the bottom. Get back to me and let me know which platform it resembles. Then let me know what company was first to debut icons, icons on the bottom of the screen, color icons, etc...

You can figure it out on your own. You're not a baby.

aviator189 said,

You can figure it out on your own. You're not a baby.

He was sarcastic, he only pretend he doesn't know - he already asked you to tell him which company debuted first with this kind of style, because he expects you to say Apple when actually they wasn't the first. -,-