Run Firefox OS on your computer using r2d2b2g, a convenient Firefox add-on

Firefox OS is Mozilla’s attempt at an HTML5-powered mobile operating system. There are already ways to test Firefox OS on your desktop but all those ways are extremely complicated to setup. So a Mozilla developer put together r2d2b2g, a Firefox add-on that allows users to easily test Firefox OS on their computer.

r2d2b2g packages all the files and dependencies required to run Firefox OS on your Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux machine into one simple add-on. Once downloaded and installed, you can run Firefox OS by going to “Tools” in Firefox (you will need to enable the “Menu Bar” to see tools — right-click next to the orange “Firefox” button in the top-left and check “Menu Bar”; repeat this process to get get rid of “Menu Bar” and bring the orange button back) then clicking on “B2G Desktop”, which then launches Firefox OS in its own dedicated window.

Since Firefox OS is fully based on HTML5, one of the features is adding normal websites — and HTML5 web apps — as apps into Firefox OS. r2d2b2g allows for this functionality. If you go to a website or web app you want to view in Firefox OS, going to “Tools” -> “Install Page as App” installs the active website as an app into Firefox OS.

The downside to r2d2b2g is it is an experimental add-on and thus is unstable. It may not work for many people. For me, I was able to install r2d2b2g just fine but Firefox OS keeps crashing upon launch which seems to be a known bug. Hopefully you will have better luck, if you give this a go.

You can grab r2d2b2g from the links below.

Version reviewed: N/A

Download size: 52 MB

Requires: Firefox on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux

r2d2b2g homepage | r2d2b2g for Windows direct download | r2d2b2g for Mac OS X direct download | r2d2b2g for Linux direct download

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5 comments

  1. BigWill

    @mukhi: try virtual machine, or wait for the stable release. beta testers do not share your fears, for we are capable of troubleshooting and maintaining our equipment.
    However if you choose to be the type of cat that is drawn to curiosity and cannot resist, seriously- look into virtual machine. it allows running wildly unstable shit w/out the risk to your hardware or data.
    It is like wrapping your willy before visiting the whorehouse instead of relying on the doctors’ visit to mend your pee – shooter.
    This is assuming you are runnimg Microsuck Wimpows. If Mac is your flavor, lose the training wheels, and go full LINUX – you will then be BULLET PROOF…no worries, rock your penguin protection

    don’t be skeered…

  2. RobCr

    I agree with the caution expressed by both of you.
    You can get a 2nd PC (desktop) for $40 to $80 In Australia.
    I have 5 of them (4.5 as one has stopped working, and I have not gotten around to checking why. Been too busy fixing laptops for a neighbor.).
    If you count a laptop that neighbor let me keep, I have 5.5 “2nd PC’s”

    The monitor may not be present, or large enough, but with a bit of luck your TV has a VGA socket .
    And if you have space, you can get large great CRT monitors for as low as $20 (Wives telling husbands to get rid of them.)

  3. AFPhys

    I have similar concerns as mukhi. I will someday check this out, but I can’t afford to screw up this computer. If this is something like a “live disk” I’ll check it, otherwise it is going to be a while.

  4. mukhi

    i am afraid to do some beta testing in my one and only computer; wish if i had a 2nd chepo one.
    should i try this with returnil on? i think that’s the easiest and the quickest way to test a new SW w/o affecting the OS. :)