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Mozilla Launches Contribution Program to Help Deliver Firefox OS to Tablets

The first Firefox OS smartphones launched just a few months ago and we are already making progress on building Firefox OS for more platforms and devices.

One of those projects is progressing quickly and we need help from contributors to complete the code. To make this easier, we are launching a new contribution program aimed at accelerating the build of Firefox OS for tablets and its supporting ecosystem. To do this, we will provide dedicated contributors with access to resources and reference tablet hardware. We have to make the hardware available before the software is final to make it possible for contributors around the world to help us complete the build of Firefox OS for tablets.

We are working closely with partners like Foxconn and developers on the tablet development of Firefox OS. Because Firefox OS is built on the Web, and the Web is a truly extensible platform, we can continue to optimize Firefox OS for smartphones, while also building for tablets and different uses around the world with the help of our community.

Once we have completed work on Firefox OS for tablets with the help of this contribution program, we’ll get ready to share it with the world.

Initial Partners and Hardware:

Specs are:

InFocus 10″
1280×800 24bit color
16GB Storage
2GB RAM
802.11 b/g/n
267x171x9.7mm 580g

We will be working with partners like Foxconn to expand this program for more developers and contributors soon.

How the program will work:

  • The program will start in the coming weeks, when we will share more details about how contributors can apply to receive a reference tablet.
  • We will work together to complete the tablet version of Firefox OS.
  • We will provide guidance on where we need contributions to complete the tablet version of Firefox OS.
  • Nightly builds will be offered for developers to keep up to date.
  • All program details will be posted here on Hacks in the coming weeks

Who the program is aimed at:

  • Developers interested in or with previous knowledge of developing for the core Firefox OS (focus on Gecko/GFX, Gaia, UX, Productivity and Systems Apps).
  • Firefox OS localizers – to help localize and translate the tablet version of Firefox OS for global markets.
  • Testers and bug fixers – we will be calling for participation from both people who can test the latest tablet builds and file bugs and also developers who can file and fix bugs.

Stay tuned for more updates in the next few weeks on how to get involved in the program.

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  1. VJ wrote on January 6th, 2014 at 12:06:

    How can i start working off for the program as a developer ?

  2. Mark Coggins wrote on January 6th, 2014 at 12:23:

    VJ, thanks for your interest! Stay tuned: we will make more details available in the coming weeks.

  3. Bob Thulfram wrote on January 6th, 2014 at 12:29:

    Woo hoo! Where do I sign up? I can definitely test and file bugs, maybe even do some development help.

    Firefox OS is exploding!

    Today there was also an announcement about the tiny APC Paper PC that fits in a book case (or a standard Mini-ITX and MicroATX case), running Firefox OS. Not just phones, but tablets and desktops! And maybe if we’re real good, well get the Firefox equivalent of the Chromebook!

    These are exciting times for Fabulous Firefox OS Fans!

    1. Andre Garzia wrote on January 6th, 2014 at 12:58:

      Hi!!

      Can you link to the APC Paper announced you mentioned. I have one and I failed to to see any announcement made today. Thanks!

      Cheers
      andre

      1. Mark Coggins wrote on January 6th, 2014 at 13:32:

        Andre, this post:

        https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2014/01/06/mozilla-and-partners-to-bring-firefox-os-to-new-platforms-and-devices/

        Has more details about several partner announcements, including APC Paper.

        1. Joshua Smith wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 14:08:

          The APC Paper is awesome! I have contributed to the code base, and got one :D

    2. ᙇᓐ M. Edward Borasky (@znmeb) wrote on January 18th, 2014 at 16:00:

      +1 for a Firefox OS clamshell! I’m not a big fan of tablet form factors, especially the 10″ 1.5 pound ones. If I have to plop it down on a table to use it for hours, I want a tracking device and a keyboard.

  4. Konstantinos Mavrodis wrote on January 6th, 2014 at 14:10:

    That’s really excellent news!!!
    I would be more than happy to participate in any possible way!
    I think I could translate in greek since I am a native greek speaker.
    I will stay tuned for more details!

  5. noob wrote on January 7th, 2014 at 03:12:

    give me tablet . now .

  6. Govind wrote on January 7th, 2014 at 13:09:

    Looking forward for this. I hope Mozilla come up with DRM to protect the apps and its owners…

  7. Tristan Tilson wrote on January 7th, 2014 at 13:26:

    Can’t wait to get in line for this one all the ideas are flooding in!!

  8. Andrey A. Ugolnik wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 01:59:

    Where I can signup as developer?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 02:15:

      We’re still sorting out the details. Stay tuned to this and other Firefox OS channels for updates in the coming days.

  9. Marcio wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 05:56:

    Thanks for having this vision. This aligns a lot with the creativity level that Mozilla really is!

  10. daf182 wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 13:56:

    I’m looking forward to test it as developer!

  11. Prateek Jadhwani wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 14:09:

    Lets get started.!!!

  12. Joshua Smith wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 14:09:

    I am so excited! Tablet UX FTW!

  13. Victor Eberechi wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 15:48:

    This is awesome!!! Will like to contribute to the code base.

  14. Daniel Dressler wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 22:13:

    Since the tablet will be a prototype can we expect an NDA? Or would blogging be encouraged?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 02:10:

      No. There will be no NDA required. This will be an open project. As a matter of fact, it’s so open that we’re talking about it before we’re even fully ready. Sorry about that, it’s mostly my fault for traveling over the holidays. I’ll have more details in a matter of days but the this detail I’m confident about now, you will not need to sign an NDA to participate in this program.

  15. yogo wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 22:57:

    Very good news !!!
    Where can we follow the developement of FFOS ? I mean see mockups, designs, discussed new features, roadmaps, etc.. ?
    Is it only here and on bugzilla ? Or are their other place to follow FFOS ?

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 02:14:

      Firefox OS development can be followed in the weekly updates at https://wiki.mozilla.org/WeeklyUpdates with more in-depth docs at at the Mozilla Wiki here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/B2G & here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/FirefoxOS

      1. yogo wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 17:38:

        Thanks for the links !

  16. abhiram wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 23:41:

    more than happy to help!

  17. Beomjun wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 01:41:

    WOW Fantastic!!!

  18. willyaranda wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 07:13:

    How about l10n?

    What are the targeted markets for this? I would like to help in Spanish (most of es translators are based on Madrid) if it is a prioritized market.

    Cheers

  19. Yorman Duque wrote on January 9th, 2014 at 17:13:

    This really is good news considering all the success of Firefox OS, hopefully good things follow.

  20. David Lawrence wrote on January 13th, 2014 at 12:37:

    Would be cool if a nightly generated build could be distributed for the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tabs and Asus Transformers. A lot of Mozillians already have these as they were given out a while back for Firefox on Android testing. i would love to run Firefox OS on my tablet that I already have.

  21. Lucian Piros wrote on January 14th, 2014 at 10:41:

    Excellent news. Sign me in.

  22. Todd Davenport wrote on January 15th, 2014 at 13:25:

    I would like to help test a Firefox OS Tablet.

  23. Rafael Martínez wrote on January 17th, 2014 at 08:47:

    I can test and bug report!

  24. john wrote on January 17th, 2014 at 19:00:

    I tried it on my phone and i like it and i even like to help with fault finding and to make it a better OS But it does not let me make a call with it so i cannot have it on my phone . Because i only have the one phone

  25. KAMI wrote on January 21st, 2014 at 02:08:

    I happy to test it and help in L10n.

  26. Jon Hunnings wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 10:36:

    I would also love to be involved in this, both as a developer and as a tester/bug reporter… Where do I sign up? :)

  27. Asa Dotzler wrote on January 23rd, 2014 at 12:15:

    L10N is definitely on the list of areas we’re looking for help. Stay tuned to this channel for updates on the program. – A

  28. Charles wrote on January 24th, 2014 at 13:43:

    How can HTML5.com help generate more awareness and help FireFox OS grow?

  29. Alexandre Gradt wrote on January 27th, 2014 at 03:48:

    I’m for, I can help to translate into french and bug report

  30. Tristan Tilson wrote on January 27th, 2014 at 05:37:

    Do you have any idea when this program may start??

    1. Asa Dotzler wrote on January 30th, 2014 at 12:53:

      Tristan, I hope to open applications in the next couple of weeks and start shipping tablets in the second half of February if all goes well.

      1. Tristan Tilson wrote on January 30th, 2014 at 14:07:

        Thanks Asa dou have any idea what the requirements for applying would be?

  31. Regina wrote on February 1st, 2014 at 08:54:

    Hi!! I want to be involved too. I can help developing and testing bugs. Where do I have to sign up?

  32. Sourav Lahoti wrote on February 1st, 2014 at 12:14:

    So after testing Firefox Os on geekphone,building apps for mobile Os, its time for tablet.
    Waiting to see Firefox Os performance on tablet. Finger crossed.

  33. Roland wrote on February 3rd, 2014 at 03:29:

    I`m not a developer, but I want to help to translate into german and maybe polish. Testing Software is possible for me too. I have already experience to testing with the KDE project.

  34. René wrote on February 3rd, 2014 at 14:08:

    I’m not a developer, but I will be able to test and review the product. Furthermore I can translate the system into german. I’m studying business informatics and I hope to help you with the specification and documentation of new features.

    Best regards

    René

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