The creators of the Firefox web browser have started developing an operating system for mobiles and tablets.
Although the project will draw on some parts of Google’s Android mobile operating system much of the code will be freshly written.
Once finished the operating system will compete with Android as it will run on the same devices.
The project team said all code development would be done in the open and shared as soon as it was written.
Called Boot To Gecko the code creation is being overseen by the Mozilla Project which created the Firefox browser. It was announced on the Mozilla discussion forum by researcher Andreas Gal.
Gecko is the rendering engine that powers the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email program. A rendering engine interprets the code on webpages and displays it in the right format on screen.