If you want to preview B2G and Gaia, you might be interested in knowing that the release engineering team started producing desktop builds which you can run on your desktop computer a few days ago.
Please note that these are NOT full B2G builds. These are developer-targeted builds which only run on desktop machines, and cannot be flashed onto a phone or tablet. These builds are primarily useful to developers, QA and localizers working on Gaia. They can also be used by anyone who wishes to test out their websites or apps through a B2G-like client.
Also note that these builds are not localized yet, although you will find that a few locales have been enabled and that some strings show up translated.
What you’ll need
- internet connection
make(On Mac OS X, you’ll need XCode and XCode’s Command line tools, to be installed from the Preferences dialog)
To keep things organized, I created a separate directory for the desktop builds. On my machine, it’s
Get Boot to Gecko
You can download the desktop builds from ftp.mozilla.org.
- On Linux, download the build ending with linux-i686.tar.bz2 and extract the archive into your working directory (e.g.,
~/moz/b2g/desktop/). You’ll end up with a
b2gdirectory in your current working directory.
- On Mac OS X, download the build ending with mac64.dmg. Mount the image and copy the application into your
- (The Windows builds are also available, but I don’t have a Windows machine to test and provide specific instructions. I’ll be happy to edit this post if you send me some.)
Now that we have a build of B2G, we need to download Gaia and create a profile for it which will store our settings and the webcache.
Clone the Gaia repository and create a profile by runnning the following commands in your working directory:
$ git clone https://github.com/mozilla-b2g/gaia gaia $ DEBUG=1 make -C gaia profile
You’re good to go. Make sure you’re still in your working directory and run B2G with:
$ b2g/b2g -profile gaia/profile
Or, if you’re on Mac OS X, run:
$ /Applications/B2G.app/Contents/MacOS/b2g -profile gaia/profile
key behaves like the main hardware button, allowing you to quit Gaia apps.
There are no autoupdates for the desktop builds of B2G yet. The builds are produced every night, however, so you can just re-download them and extract like I described it above.
For Gaia, just
cd into your Gaia repo clone, and pull the new commits:
$ git pull
Bonus: a script
I whipped up a script that does all of the above for me. If you’re on Linux, you’re welcome to use it.
Go to your working directory and download the script:
$ curl -O https://raw.github.com/gist/3149861/boot2gecko.sh $ chmod +x boot2gecko.sh
Lastly, just run it!
If you need help…
Don’t hesitate to ping me (stas on irc.mozilla.org) in #l10n, #gaia or #b2g. And, as always, the mozilla.dev.l10n newsgroup is your friend.