In this issue…
- Mozilla Social Media Toolkit
- Add-on icon makeover voting open!
- Firefox 4 add-on compatibility
- Tab Candy
- Writing awesome documentation
- Speak at FSOSS 2010
- Designing for sharing
- Using Firefox at work
- Software releases
- Upcoming events
- Developer calendar
- About about:mozilla
Mozilla Social Media Toolkit
Over the past few months, Sarah Doherty has been putting together a set of tools and best practices related to social media, which she launched yesterday as the Mozilla Social Media Toolkit. The Toolkit, “allows you to leverage social media to market Mozilla and Firefox in your region and beyond. One of the coolest parts of the Toolkit are the social media design asset kits. Collaborating with The Royal Order, we are releasing a set of 5 Facebook Profile Images and 4 Twitter designs that include a Twitter background, design color palette and profile picture. With these design kits you are able to instantly identify your page as a Mozilla community-supported group.” More information is available through Sarah’s blog post.
Add-on icon makeover voting open!
Developers nominated 83 of their add-ons to receive an icon makeover and now it’s time to cast your vote! Choose up to 5 add-ons in the voting booth with missing icons or graphics that could use some work. Our illustrator will work with the winners to produce shiny new top-notch icons they can be proud of. Voting ends August 6, 2010 at 11:59pm Pacific time. Please vote only once each for up to 5 add-ons.
Firefox 4 add-on compatibility
Firefox 4 Beta 1 was released a few weeks ago, Beta 2 is coming soon, and the final release of Firefox 4 is expected later this year. “This relatively long transition period is great for add-on developers, because it gives us plenty of time to update and test our add-ons for Firefox 4. On the other hand, this new major release is going to sport a ton of new features, and it will break a great deal of stuff we need, so it won’t be trivial to upgrade most add-ons to support it.” Jorge Villalobos has written the first of a series of posts that will help add-on developers get their add-ons updated and tested in time for the Firefox 4 release. Head over to the Add-ons blog to check it out.
Tab Candy is a new experiment towards an evolution of tabbed browsing. “We need a way to organize browsing, to see all of our tabs at once, and focus on the task at hand. With one keystroke, Tab Candy shows you an overview of all tabs to allow you to quickly locate and switch between them. Tab Candy also lets you group tabs to organize your work flow.” Read more about this experiment, see the demo video, and download an alpha version at Aza Raskin’s weblog.
Writing awesome documentation
Michael Verdi recently joined the SUMO Firefox support team and is hard at work on improving the quality of our Firefox Knowledge Base. At the Mozilla Summit he talked about how to write awesome documentation, which he has also posted about on his blog including a summary of his main tips. If you have to write documentation, or if you would like to help make Mozilla’s documentation better, you should read Michael’s post and learn how you can get started.
Speak at FSOSS 2010
The 9th Annual Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) is coming up on October 28th and 29th at Seneca College in Toronto. The FSOSS organizers are still looking for interesting workshops and presentations on a variety of open source topics, so if you’re involved with open source in any way, this could be a great chance to get involved with the conference. Check out the FSOSS website and submit a presentation proposal today!
Designing for sharing
Madhava Enros presented a lightning talk at the Mozilla Summit called, “Designing for Sharing”, and he has now written that presentation up in blog form. “The point has pretty substantially been made that ‘social’ is a very big deal, and that a major part of our role is going to be to make the internet a better fit for the extremely social creatures that we humans are. We’ve been taking some steps towards this in designing the next version of Fennec — Firefox on mobile devices — by introducing the ability to share, by which we mean the ability to take things you find or create on the internet and show them to your friends. In doing so, we’ve found that it’s critical to remember that social networks are not a new online phenomenon; we have always existed and acted within social networks. It’s been very useful, therefore, to look at how we are social and share in the ‘real’ offline world.”
Using Firefox at work
Kev Needham is leading a drive to re-examine how Mozilla can work with organizations to make it easier for them to deploy and use Firefox in their workplaces. “We’ve had some good press in the last month or two, notably IBM’s announcement of Firefox as its default browser, and a Forrester Research report stating that Firefox has a 20% share in the companies they surveyed. I think it’s important that we have a good story for getting Firefox into the hands of people in the work environment, but the story needs to be put together. Our mission is to promote openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. Making it easier for organizations to use our products in their workplace is a great opportunity to take that message to them. There are a lot of people who use us at home, but who would also love to use us at work. I want to help make that happen and, thankfully, I’m not alone.” Read more on Kev’s weblog, and find out how you can jump in and get involved.
Brendan Eich gave a “surprise keynote” at the JSConf 2010 conference in April, and has now posted the video to his blog. Highlights include: What would happen in a battle between Chuck Norris and Bruce Campbell, and a discussion of where JS has been and what lies in its immediate future.
* Aug 7, New York, Mozilla Drumbeat NYC
* Aug 14-15, Taipei, COSCUP/GNOME.Asia
* Oct 1-2 – New York City – Open Video Conference
* Oct 28-29, Toronto, FSOSS
* Nov 4-6 – Barcelona – Drumbeat Festival 2010
* Nov 5-7 – Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS)
For an up-to-date list of the coming week’s Mozilla project meetings and events, please see the Mozilla Community Calendar wiki page. Notes from previous meetings are linked to through the Calendar as well.
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