by Ben Francis
Firstly, thanks for the incredible continued contributions from the Webian community and for all the work you’ve done on Webian Shell, which has now had more than 95,000 downloads!
Through Krellian I will be able to continue to lead the Webian project, and I will also be taking up a new contract with the Mozilla Corporation to work with them on Boot to Gecko (B2G).
Like me and the other members of the Webian community, Mozilla believes that the open web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development. The B2G project will include prototype APIs for exposing device and OS capabilities to web content, a privilege model to safely expose these new capabilities, a complete “low-level substrate” for Android-compatible devices and a collection of web apps to prioritise and prove the power of the platform.
Benefits to Webian
The potential benefits for Webian are enormous. Webian Shell was already hitting limitations of what is currently possible with Mozilla Chromeless and this new work on the core Mozilla platform promises to make many more of Webian’s goals possible. While B2G initially focuses on the mobile space, Webian can focus on nettop and netbook form factors and perhaps eventually the two projects could even converge.
Sponsorship from Krellian will provide the ongoing resources necessary for running the Webian project and ensure that it remains free and open source.
I’m excited about this new chapter in Webian’s story and believe more strongly than ever in the future of the open web.