Mozilla has announced in a thread on Google Groups that it will be stripping all Boot 2 Gecko OS (AKA Firefox OS) code from its main ‘mozilla-central’ repository, signaling a complete handover to community developers that will now have to fork the current version of Gecko (the Firefox browser engine) to continue work on the operating system.
In an announcement, Ari Jaaksi and David Bryant said:
“While work at Mozilla on Firefox OS has ceased, we very much need to continue to evolve the underlying code that comprises Gecko, our web platform engine, as part of the ongoing development of Firefox. In order to evolve quickly and enable substantial new architectural changes in Gecko, Mozilla’s Platform Engineering organization need to remove all B2G-related code from mozilla-central. This certainly has consequences for B2G OS. For the community to continue working on B2G OS they will have to maintain a code base that includes a full version of Gecko, so will need to fork Gecko and proceed with development on their own, separate branch.”
The move to strip B2G code from the main Mozilla repository has been made following a year of winding down the project. In December last year, Mozilla announced that it would be ending development on the platform as well as closing down device sales. In February of this year, the browser maker made another announcement, explaining that the 2.6 release of Firefox OS would be the last by the company.