Mozilla submits browserless Firefox to Jobsian app police
Give our Home a home, please
Mozilla has submitted its browserless Firefox application to the Apple App Store.
The open source outfit has no intention of submitting Firefox itself. It doesn't want to take the browser where it's not wanted. But it has built an iPhone version of Firefox Sync, the browser bookmark-syncing service formerly known as Weave, and with a blog post on Wednesday, it announced that it has formally sought the approval of the Jobsian app police.
Firefox Home provides remote access to your Firefox browsing history, bookmarks, recent tabs, and "Awesome bar" – the Firefox address bar that suggests sites based on where you've surfed in the past. In short, Firefox Home lets you tap your desktop Firefox setup from Steve Jobs' holy handset.
But when you actually visit a site, you'll have to use the iPhone's Safari browser. And you can't synchronize what you do on the phone with your desktop Firefox. Firefox Sync lets you synchronize data across multiple devices, but Firefox Home works only one way. Apple's end user licensing agreement for the iPhone SDK bars apps from downloading and running interpreted code, and that rules out full-fledged third-party browsers such as Firefox.
Opera Mini is on the iPhone, but it uses of proxy servers for code execution. The servers compress webpages and send them down to the Jesus Phone as static content.
Firefox Home doesn't violate the "no interpreted code" rule. But Apple could always make up some other reason for banning the thing. ®
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The Ten Commandments
1.) There is only One Good. His Name is The Steve.
2.) Thou shalt not have any other gods next to The Steve.
3.) Do not break the marriage you have with the JesusPhone The Steve has given you. Never touch anything from the heathen Nokias or Samsungs.
4.) Thou shalt not run applications which your God The Steve disapproves of.
5.) Do not write wicked Languages which your God The Steve has condenmed for eternety.
6.) Only buy JesusPhones from the local distributor The Steve has appointed. Don't do wicked direct imports from the US.
7.) Sing halleluja whenever The Steve appears.
8.) Never depict The Steve. Depicting The Steve is always derogatory.
9.) Don't kill a JesusPhone, or the wrath of The Steve will condemn you to eternal suffering in the MacOS 9 hell.
10.) Never ever break the jail The Steve has erected to stop you from running applications which have been identified Impure By Our God The Steve.
Or just the fsck buy an Android.