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Mozilla Jumps On IoT Bandwagon (thestack.com) 191

mikejuk writes: Mozilla has been clarifying some of its plans to convert the Firefox OS project into four IoT based projects. At a casual glance, this seems like a naive move that is doomed to failure. Project Link is a 'user agent' for the smart home, that helps the end user set preferences for device interaction, and automates those connections for the user in a secure environment. Next, Project Sensor Web will be a pilot project for crowdsourcing a pm2.5 sensor network. Project Smart Home is focused on bridging the gap in IoT smart home providers between completely boxed solutions like Apple HomeKit, and completely DIY solutions like Raspberry Pi. Finally, Project Vaani is a voice interface for IoT access, which Mozilla credits as the 'most natural way to interact with connected devices.' With Firefox losing market share and projects like Firefox OS, Thunderbird, Shumway, and Persona closing down, perhaps Mozilla should try and find its way back to core concerns. All four of the projects need significant AI expertise and a powerful cloud computing resource neither of which Mozilla is likely to be able to afford.
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Mozilla Jumps On IoT Bandwagon

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  • by sittingnut ( 88521 ) <sittingnut@gmai l . com> on Friday March 04, 2016 @11:38PM (#51641733) Homepage

    what are people in charge of mozilla thinking ? or can they even think ?
    they are ultra concerned with everything other than their core project, which has suffered and is losing.
    it is not just related peripherals, but what amounts completely different things which should be handled as completely separate projects with groups and resources set up for them, if there is a need.
    nor is that all, mozilla is way too much concerned with pandering to market hype (hype not market reality as represented by numbers) and spout out the latest buzz words and social ideology of the western 'liberal' elite.

    shame!

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 05, 2016 @12:18AM (#51641865)

      > what are people in charge of mozilla thinking ? or can they even think ?
      > they are ultra concerned with everything other than their core project, which has suffered and is losing.
      > it is not just related peripherals, but what amounts completely different things which should be handled as completely separate projects with groups and resources set up for them, if there is a need.

      That's exactly the point. People have penetrated and co-opted Mozilla to redirect it's resources towards their own pet projects. Mozilla has become their own little cookie jar.

  • by Snotnose ( 212196 ) on Saturday March 05, 2016 @12:10AM (#51641829)
    My thermostat using my 2TB NAS as swap space after running for 3 days.
  • by DNS-and-BIND ( 461968 ) on Saturday March 05, 2016 @12:39AM (#51641933) Homepage

    This is the worst kind of open source flaw. Developers are going to scratch their itch...and what they want has nothing to do with what users want. It's a damn shame to see things end up this way. They're just chasing the latest trend, late to the game as usual, and will end up making a terrible mess of things.

    However the resumes of the people involved will be enhanced, and that's what it's all about. Sadly.

  • No one wants Mozilla to write software that goes on the web, there's no need for that. They should stick to what they're best at.

  • The internet of this will be run by cheap micros like the esp8266. WiFi, 32 bit CPU and more for less than 2$ a piece.
  • perhaps Mozilla should try and find its way back to core concerns. All four of the projects need significant AI expertise and a powerful cloud computing resource

    What?

    1] An standardised app interface
    2] Data monitoring, logging and possibly analysis
    3] Software converters / adapters to assist people who want to customise their home network with products from various vendors.
    4] Voice recognition to create simple, limited commands to a set of devices.

    Seriously? There's a slim chance that AI may benefit p

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 05, 2016 @04:56AM (#51642639)

    SJW's need a new project to infect.

  • I suspect they are losing market share because they are chasing Google Chrome and abandoning the traditional browser market.

    They are no longer a fast, flexible web browser.

    Dropping support for their long-time plugins is bad move, IMHO.

    • by Skuto ( 171945 )

      >Dropping support for their long-time plugins is bad move, IMHO.

      It's either that or staying forever insecure due to the lack of sandbox.

  • in Firefox 53 due out in a couple of months where they will take out bookmarks because nobody has touched the code in a couple of weeks.

  • Mozilla should reinvent the browser again. Browser is what makes Mozilla. If they don't clean it up it wont be successful anywhere else. If they make it work it will span into other areas like IoT, mobile phones, cars... naturally by people willing to use it for their projects.

    Trying to push broken/sluggish/buggy software beast into those areas using heavy investments of resources that Mozilla needs elsewhere is management's misstep.

    I am the user of this browser since Phoenix 0.5 (not to mention Netscape be

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