[Lazarus] Firefox OS

Michael Schnell mschnell at lumino.de
Mon Jul 15 11:21:25 CEST 2013

On 07/15/2013 11:03 AM, Mark Morgan Lloyd wrote:
> Michael Schnell wrote:
>> But can an "OS" completely done in Jacascript be a valid alternate 
>> foundation for cell phone and Tablet designs ?
> A lot of people who should know better think that the GUI is the OS. 
That is why I put quotes around "OS". In fact iOS is BSD Unix in a 
similar disguise.

But besides the GUI API these "OS"es provide API definitions for phone 
stuff handling and other hardware/system resources.

With Android these API definitions are done by Java objects, No idea how 
this is done with iOS and Firefox OS.

> As far as I know, Firefox OS is Linux
As is Android.

> with all GUI interfacing done by HTML5 hence JavaScript etc., 
I recon that you are right here. I gather that HTML5 shows a rather nice 
(and ubiquitous) ways to do a GUI API for user programs. Maybe this in 
fact is an advantage over Android.

> from my limited reading I don't know whether there's a native-code 
> capability which might mean that as a platform it's even more 
> restrictive than Android.

I read that any propriety stuff is supposed to be avoided in that 
project. So it should be rather easy to open the system for this.

OTOH, Michael's Pascal-to-Javascript translator project comes handy in 
that case.


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