May 24 2012
Mozilla is supposed to bring a web app store but even if Mozilla is known for its open source work, initially the web app store won’t support Linux.
What Mozilla had to say:
“Linux support for apps is a nice to have because most of our users are not running Linux,” Mozilla staffer Dan Mills wrote. “I think we’re supportive and absolutely willing to accept patches to make something work on Linux, but it’s just not something that affects the 80% (I don’t think it’s even 10%, though I don’t have any data handy). By definition, this is a nice to have, not a stop-ship feature. Remember that we are making software for a lot of people, and staff and community are actually a tiny slice of the userbase. I know it’s hard, but we need to focus on the userbase at large, not on us.”
That’s very disrespecting from a company that’s known to support open source.
But not all Mozilla members think the same, luckily Mozilla community member Ruben Martin thinks on a different direction. He says “Linux is not another platform, it’s the platform which shares our values about being open and the reason most people gets involved with Mozilla, because they believe in libre software and in the open web. Not supporting Linux is not supporting a big group of people that empowers Mozilla, and not supporting them/us is not supporting Mozilla.”
While a very disturbing comment made by Mozilla’s Asa Dotzler, “What we need most, I suspect, is available Linux coders, people who know Gnome, Unity, GTK, etc. to do the platform integration work. I don’t know who those people are. Looking around the sub-set of community members employed by Mozilla who could help on this, I don’t see any available resources or even any resources I would move from their current work to this work.”
It’s strange how with millions of dollar in their pocket Mozilla says that they don’t have enough Linux coders! Well if they really don’t have coders in Linux why they don’t take help from the vast number of Linux and Open Source community?
But not all the people who works in Mozilla have the same feelings about Linux. Mozilla CTO, Brendan Eich says “Indeed the whole apps, marketplace and web runtime plan is too large to do at one step, or even with platform parity at the first step. That does not mean we give up our cross-platform commitments.We support Linux as you say, because of our cross-platform principles first, and because of lead users in the Linux community and among our top Gecko hackers. There’s a nexus: B2G is based on Linux and Gecko, but of course without any Linux desktop (and without X-Windows. This is a good thing!).”
So Mozilla has started treating Linux as a third class citizens and Linux is no longer important to Mozilla its only Windows and Mac that gets all the love from Mozilla. So I think it’s time Linux distros starts moving from Firefox as default browsers , no one knows when they will stop sporting Firefox browser for Linux.