OBITUARY: Firefox’s Much-Awaited Project Matchstick Now Dead
Yes, you heard it right. If just like us, you have been waiting for Firefox’s grand project Matchstick, a software and open hardware dongle, then here is heart-breaking news for you. The project has been cancelled.
The much-hyped Kickstarter campaign had already raised $470,310. If sources are to be believed, the backers of the project will get a full refund.
What killed the Matchstick?
“Unfortunately, we are unable to continue on this journey, and we will be refunding all Matchstick pledges. After struggling with the DRM development based on Firefox OS for most of this year, we realize continued development of DRM, though showing early signs of promise, will be a long and difficult road. We have come to the conclusion that we will not be able to reliably predict the completion date of the DRM development without significantly more research, development and integration.”
Why was Matchstick special?
Was Matchstick a one-of-a-kind project? No. Google Chromecast is Matchstick’s already established rival. Then why was this project much-awaited? Because unlike Google Chromecast, Matchstick was open sourced and it was a much cheaper dongle. This would have made it accessible to more number of people.
It’s true that this project was something everyone had his eyes on. If the company had envisioned the long-term goals precisely, Matchstick could have been one of the most welcomed babies in the Tech Family.
Even though Firefox has cancelled this $25 project, we can say that either the same company can re-launch an improved version of the project with better planning and execution, or another company who knows how crucial and profit-gaining investing in a project like Matchstick is will definitely surprise us in a few years to come.