Now Test Firefox OS (Boot 2 Gecko) on Windows, Mac, Linux; Firefox for Windows 8 Metro Development Update 5

By now, you may have heard about Mozilla's web-based mobile operating system that the company is currenlty developing and is officially dubbed "Firefox OS" (codename'd "Boot 2 Gecko").The Firefox OS will support everything you would expect from a smartphone, (friend dialing, spouse messaging, internet browsing, web gaming, photo taking, video watching, and music bumping!) Mozilla's […]

By now, you may have heard about Mozilla's web-based mobile operating system that the company is currenlty developing and is officially dubbed "Firefox OS" (codename'd "Boot 2 Gecko").

The Firefox OS will support everything you would expect from a smartphone, (friend dialing, spouse messaging, internet browsing, web gaming, photo taking, video watching, and music bumping!)

Mozilla's release engineering team, was able to get Daily desktop builds created and published online for anyone to play with.

"If you're a web developer, you can use these builds to create and test your webApp against. If you're looking to help do some testing, these desktop builds will also give you an immediate opportunity to play with and help us write testplans and file bugs," Mozilla wrote.

Anyone interested to give the desktop builds a spin can download Mac, Windows, and Linux verison. After you downloaded your desired version, just head over to Gaia Hacking Wiki page for instructions on how to set up your PC to install the Firefox OS build. Finally, fire up the B2G Desktop build.

FireFox OS (Boot 2 Gecko) Home screenFireFox OS (Boot 2 Gecko) Dashboard

Mozilla also earlier today, posted an update on its FireFox Metro UI browser for Windows 8. Ina blog post, Brian Bondy posted that, the upgrade from Windows 8 Consumer Preview to Windows 8 Release Preview came with several changes as well that were fixed up.

"Since the last update we've also more or less finished work on the appbar control (the orange bar that appears when doing an edge gesture in Windows 8).

We determined that sharing the same Firefox profile in both Desktop and Metro is out of scope for the initial version, so instead we plan to sync the settings between 2 profiles using Firefox Sync augmented with some key local events to force a sync right away by using Windows Messages, events, and the registry.

We've cleaned up and tweaked a lot of the Windows 8 contracts work. Fixed soft keyboard issues, improved gesture input support, fixed support for invoking external applications, and more.

The graphics code has also been improved by getting rid of the Basic Layers support and moving to LayerManager," Bondy wrote.