Mozilla has announced a new project called Boot to Gecko (B2G), a "standalone operating system for the open Web." B2G will be based on the same operating system kernel as Android and will initially be targeted to smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices, according to Geek.com.
Mozilla plans for B2G to be an open technology and will release source code as the project progresses. Mozilla says the project is still in its infancy, but B2G will eventually look to challenge the likes of Android, Chrome, iOS and Windows Phone 7, eWeek reports. Mozilla engineer, Andreas Gal, summed up the goals of B2G:
A number of intermediate steps are possible. I am very interested in making a beefed up web stack with powerful local APIs available to users of existing devices. I think we can do this without distracting from the ultimate goal: breaking the stranglehold of proprietary technologies over the mobile device world.