Built a mobile operating system from scratch, entirely in the open, and got it to market in less than two years. As far as I know no other team has ever done this.
The Story of Firefox OS
Ben Francis

Not sure of the timeline, but Palm stood up WebOS very quickly, too. They even had a bit of the frontend/backend separation you’ve proposed for access to hardware features via messaging APIs rather than creating new DOM APIs. I was a big fan.

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