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Firefox daddy Mozllla has released early code in its campaign to create a completely open alternative not only to Apple's app stores but also Google's fledging Chrome web store. Mozilla's Labs has delivered the first developer release of its Web Application project. The goal is to serve up web-based apps for any device and any …


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  1. John Boyarsky
    Dead Vulture

    Is this really a good idea??

    Ohhh yeah This is gonna be a GRAND success -- for MALWARE PUNTERS!

    As soon as they get holdof this they can INSTALL A MALWARE store "deeply intergrated into" their browser.

    **sigh** Will anyone ever learn?

    The gravestone because this SHOULD be D.O.A.

  2. Andy E

    Trojan? There's an app for that...

    Given that the Android phones have been the target of poisoned apps from the official store with all their resources to check the apps, who's going to trust an app from a small outfit with limited resources to check whats actually being offered for download?

    Just wondering.....

    1. Elmer Phud

      Is Moz the same as Google?

      I was under the impression that they were different companies until I started looking at the comments here.

      Is it AppleFanboi day today?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

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    Would be interesting to see what happens when Apple try to sue them into the ground.

  4. bojennett

    Mozilla is wrong, of course

    Quote: "Jay Sullivan, Mozilla vice president of mobile, announcing the project in May 2010, singled out the Apple model as being opposed to what Mozilla has in mind. Developers want app ubiquity for their software, he said."

    Jay, no they don't. Developers don't care about "ubiquity". They care about making money. If you build a platform that allows developers to make money, they will port their code to it. If a developer can make a billion dollars porting their code their code to the back of bubble gum wrappers, they'll do it. On the other hand, nobody will port their code to some "ubiquitous" platform if they can't make money.

    Would it be "easier" if they could code once and run everywhere? Sure. Has that ever happened? No. HTML5 is the new Java - the latest fantasy in write-once, run everywhere.

    There are probably 5 people in the world who care about this concept. And none of them are developers. The rest could care less. I mean, how many times has Tetris been recoded to run on different platforms? Has the fact that it had to be recoded been a "problem"? Of course not.

    I also find this whole concept of ubiquity hilarious. If I build an app for a desktop that I want to be "native", I would build it for Windows, Mac, and Linux. If I build it in "HTML5", however, I have to test it against MORE things - Chrome, Safari, Mozilla, a couple of IE's, and probably Opera. None of which support all the HTML5 features, and won't for a long time (especially since HTML5 isn't a fixed target). It would actually be harder to build an HTML5 app without massive amounts of if-thens to deal with all the browser crap. Which is the same amount of work as building native apps for the desktop.

    Now, here is Mozilla with their "app model". OK. Great. Chrome also has an "app model", which is different. How is this ubiquitous, exactly?

  5. jonathanb Silver badge


    Is this any different from the current ability to bookmark a website?

    1. Elmer Phud


      yes, again

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I may be missing something here

    but isn't this a lot like the original web app model Apple unveiled with the iPhone, that everybody said was inadequate and forced Apple to release the SDK?

  7. ScissorHands

    So, did WAC pass under the radar?

    I heard these guys tooting their horn about the same thing LAST YEAR, and again at Barcelona last month.

  8. azimutha

    A lose/lose proposition

    What a waste of time and effort. This project completely misses the point that developers - if they want to provide something at no cost to the user - can either code into an existing website, provide through a plug-in such as Flash or Silverlight, or for free through any of the current app stores for mobile devices.

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