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Firefox OS for Activists

Firefox OS for Activists [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Green , Eric Lee
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Smartphones and tablets are increasingly the way people access the net. But are trade unions and other civil society groups ready for the change?
In this short book, Eric Lee and Jeremy Green look at the Apple/Google "duopoly", the problem of privacy and the costs of app development - and what this all means for social change activists.
They explore not only Firefox OS, the new open source mobile operating system, but also the emerging alternatives - Ubuntu Touch, Tizen, and Sailfish. They even get a look a the world's first
"ethical" mobile device - the Fairphone.

About the Author

Eric Lee is the founding editor of LabourStart, the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement. Jeremy Green is a Principal Analyst at Ovum, the leading research and analysis company, based in London. He writes here in a personal capacity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 228 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492179132
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G58RZN6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Jeremy Green is a technology analyst, blogger, occasional political activist and aspiring cornet player. He is interested in saving human civilisation, keeping poultry, fermentation, jazz, and Balkan music. He tends towards the melancholy in all aspects of this, but in a cheerful sort of way.

He is the co-author of Firefox OS for Activists. "One Shoe Tale", a hard-boiled detective fairy-tale mash-up, is his first published work of fiction.

He lives in Haringey, North London.

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By Nick H
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A very well organised and clearly written overview of the rise of the smartphone, and the value of open source software (and hardware) on such devices. As the title suggests, the book focuses on Firefox OS, but the authors also explore a number of open source alternatives. Although aimed at trade union organisers and social activists, this book will be of value to anyone who is interested in the future of the smartphone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smartphones for activists - a "how to" guide 19 Jun 2014
This is an excellent and informative read regarding the rise of smartphones, what the risks are of existing systems, and an exploration of the possible alternatives. There are some excellent ideas for follow-up by individuals and organisations. A definite read!
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An interesting technical debate perhaps if you're a system designer(Sadly I'm not & I gave up before the end). It didn't tell me, in simple terms, what I wanted to know about what Firefox can do for me......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent readable book 9 Aug 2014
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Excellent readable book. Very useful for activists and others who dislike the near monopoly of the other operating systems. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where is the 0 stars button? 31 Jan 2014
By Dan Stormont - Published on
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I am fascinated by Mozilla's experiment in making smart phones available to the developing world through their open source, web-based phone operating system and partnerships with low-cost handset manufacturers. I have been working on some Firefox OS apps for humanitarian work I have been doing and would like to see this experiment succeed. I think it would be good for the tech industry to have more options and good for citizens of the world to have more access to the web. I was hoping this book would give me a new angle on using Firefox OS.

Unfortunately, it was nothing more than an anti-Apple and Google screed by a pair of union activists. The funniest part is, I am actually very sympathetic to their cause. If it weren't for the efforts (and blood) of labor organizers, most laborers would not enjoy the standard of living they do today. But this book didn't really say anything about how to use Firefox OS to organize. It didn't really describe Firefox OS very well either. Basically, what it did was spend a great number of pages explaining why it is the moral duty of anyone who is a labor organizer to use Firefox OS in order to combat the "Apple-Google duopoly."

I paid nothing for this book (which, ironically, I was reading on an Android-powered Kindle Fire), yet I wish I could somehow get a refund for the hour or so of my life I spent reading this worthless tract.
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good read 20 Jan 2014
By Jeffery Mathis - Published on
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Over all the authors did a good job with this short book. It was well-written and well researched and really made the case as to why Mozilla's new Firefox OS for mobile devices is a much better fit for unions, activist groups, and non-profits than the offerings of the current Google/Apple duopoly. It also makes the case that Mozilla is committed to protecting the privacy of it's users as they are not in the game of selling user data to add to their bottom line. After all the Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization.

If I had to offer some criticisms it would be for the factual inaccuracies on page 26. It states that Linux is an operating system created by Linus Torvalds. This is not entirely correct. Linux is nothing but a kernel developed and created by Linus Torvalds. The Linux kernel was fit into the Gnu system when their own kernel known as Hurd didn't work very well. This then created Gnu/Linux systems. On page 27 it also states that Apple based their OS on a "programming language" called Unix. Unix is an operating system and not a programming language. More specifically it is based on the Unix variant called Free BSD.

Those criticisms aside, this is good book and very informative. I did learn more about the Fairphone from it. Having heard of it before I was skeptical of how fair it really was. According to the book, Fairphone did have to make some compromises, but are still well-intentioned. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is an activist, union organizer or worker, concerned with privacy, or just looking for an alternative to the Google/Apple duopoly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for unions and change communicators 10 Nov 2013
By Stuart C Elliott - Published on
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This short information-packed book is essential reading for union and social change activists. Unions and community groups have embraced social media, but there is a big change underway in how people use social media and the web in general. The rise of smart phones is a new challenge for change communicators. Lee and Green make a convincing case that unions and others should actively use the Firefox OS and open-source software. Some important books you read once and mark a few key passages, if you are involved in change communications this is one you'll read and study often. If you do, there's a good chance you and your group will be ahead of the curve.
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