Firefox OS Tablet Contribution Program
We've got a new form factor for Firefox OS with a whole range of new challenges and opportunities, from design to implementation and from the top to the bottom of the software stack.
Most of the Firefox OS team is nose to grindstone on either 1.4 or 2.0, or "Tarako" the $25 Firefox OS smartphone. Those are the the right priorities for most people working on Firefox OS today.
This program, bringing Firefox OS to the tablet form factor, will grow and thrive only with your involvement. With most of Mozilla's thrust going into phones, you all will be responsible for making this tablet program go.
This page, and most of the pages it links to ("the Firefox OS wiki") are here to help you get connected to the Firefox OS project in a meaningful way. Now's a good time to hit that bookmark button :) From here, you can quickly access the documentation and other content you'll find useful to revisit.
Welcome to the Program
Step 1: Get in touch
- Join us on IRC: the #tcp channel on irc.mozilla.org (Webchat)
- Join the discussion on Discourse
- Add your personal info to the Team Directory
- Join the dev.b2g and dev.gaia mailing lists
Step 2: Break things (and make a record of broken things)
Please follow our guidelines for reporting bugs at FirefoxOS/TCP/Reporting.
Step 2.5: Scrub the bugs!
With 500 people with 500 different levels of experience logging thousands of bugs and feature requests, we need your help tending to the tablet buglist so it doesn't turn into a mess.
We need to weed out the duplicate reports. We need to help the less experienced reporters file better bug reports (or their first report.) We need to try to reproduce every bug and make sure it is filed in the right place or resolved if it cannot be reproduced.
Step 3: Make it awesome!
All those bugs and feature requests we're reporting? They're not going to fix themselves :)
- Quick start guide to building for Firefox OS tablets (flatfish)
- Go right to work on the known tablet (Flatfish) bugs. Useful Debug tools and more.
- First steps of contributing code
- Translate Firefox OS to a different language
- Update support documentation and help other tablet users
- Quickstart guide to Gaia development
- Firefox OS User Guide
If you have any questions or problems, ask away on IRC (#tcp) or on one of the mailing lists.
Got an idea for making this page more helpful, please edit this page, or find someone in IRC to edit it for you.
When will my tablet be shipped?
Soon. We have only one person packaging up and mailing 500 tablets (and he's also got other people depending on him to ship things.) We have the tablets in Mountain View and we've started shipping, but it's going slowly. Your patience is appreciated.
Will I get a tracking number when my tablet ships?
Yes, once your tablet has been shipped you will receive an email with the tracking number.
How do I get vouched on mozillians.org?
If you're not vouched on mozillians.org - don't worry! The purpose of "joining" the TCP group in the Mozillians people directory is so that we can find each other to help each other. If we must find a different tool for finding each other, we will do that. Temporarily we will use Google Drive for this purpose. Please add your personal info to the Team Directory (the list can be viewed here). Hopefully mozillians.org will be fixed (see last bullet of step 1 above).
What version of Firefox OS will be installed on the tablets?
A prerelease of Firefox OS 1.4 will be installed. Some of you are going to be helping to make it really easy to upgrade and install regular development and testing builds.
How do I update Firefox OS on my tablet?
Over the Air (OTA) updates are not available so you will need to flash your tablet by connecting it to a PC (Linux or Windows). You may flash our Firefox OS pre-built images or build your own from source. It is also possible to develop and update only Gaia, the home screen and apps, rather than the entire Firefox OS. And you can always develop and install your own apps.
How do I factory reset my tablet?
This wiki page has full instructions.
What tablet will I get?
The first round of tablets will be the 10" Foxconn InFocus tablet. (hardware specifications).
How can I get the 7" tablet?
There will be another application process for the 7" VIA Vixen tablet. The timing of that is to be determined. (hardware specifications).
How should I build the image by myself
You can reference the MDN page for getting your environment ready.
New to Mozilla / Firefox OS
Working on Firefox OS
Dive Right In
Discuss your ideas
- Developer settings for Firefox OS
- Firefox OS: The What, Why, and How - Introductory video by Rob Lauer
- Using the Firefox OS screen reader for accessibility
First Tablet Hardware
Future Tablet Hardware