In this issue…
- Firefox in 2011
- Meet Mike Hommey
- Help teach girls the power of the Web!
- What’s up with Socorro?
- Results of the Firefox 4 FIXED Bugday
- Introducing Perf-O-Matic 2.0
- Mozilla and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation partner
- More on Do-not-track!
- Mozilla in Summer of Code 2011
- An Overview of the AMO Review Process
- Design Jam London #2
- It’s a wrap: FOSDEM
- Software updates
- Upcoming events
- Developer calendar
- About about:mozilla
Firefox in 2011
Our Firefox roadmap was updated, and outlines Mozilla’s strategy and overall direction for Firefox this coming year. Mike Beltzner shares that,”We succeeded in re-energizing the browser market, creating competition and innovation which benefits Web application developers and users alike. This newly competitive market has presented challenges for the continued success of Firefox, and in 2011 we must ensure that we can deliver a product that is compelling to users in order to continue to be able to demonstrate our vision for the Web.” You can see more here.
Meet Mike Hommey
Bonjour Mozilla, a French Community blog, has been regularly spotlighting contributors. This week Bonjour Mozilla takes a look at Mike Hommey. He’s been working to optimize Firefox startup performance. Fun fact about Mike: he speaks Japanese!
Help teach girls the power of the Web!
Mozilla will be participating in Saturday’s Dare2BDigital conference in Mountain View which aims to get young girls exposed to technology. Lukas Blakk has taken the lead on a video workshop that will show off both HTML5 and Universal Subtitles. She’ll be joined by Marcia Knous, William Reynolds and Rainer Cvillink. Sign up to volunteer on-site or translate subtitles online!
What’s up with Socorro?
The Socorro team has a new blog where you can track what’s going on with the crash statistics and everything Socorro. Find out more about how the Socorro team works to identify crashers and make Firefox more stable.
Results of the Firefox 4 FIXED Bugday
QA Engineer Anthony Hughes reports on the excellent Firefox bugday which had 30 testers testing over 114 bugs. One participant tested 45 bugs on his/her own! Please read more about the results from the test day. If you’re interested in helping with Mozilla’s QA effort, please consider joining our next test day as it is a great opportunity to work with more experienced testers in realtime over irc.
Introducing Perf-O-Matic 2.0
Rob Helmer introduces the next generation web application that will be used to track Mozilla’s software quality. It shows graphical charts of performance based on different tests and different operating systems. Rob and the WebDev team would like everyone to take a look at the new app, and file any bugs you might find to make it even better.
Mozilla and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation partner
Yesterday we announced a Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership, a Mozilla Drumbeat project. According to Barbara Hueppe, “For the next three years, we will have the opportunity to engage a huge community, bring people together for trainings and in-person events, and ultimately build software to address the challenges facing news organizations.” Read all about it here.
More on Do-not-track!
Sid Stamm keeps us updated on Do-not-track (DNT) and brings us news that you can use it for older versions of Firefox while today’s new Firefox 4 beta has it! Although it’s always best to use the latest version of Firefox there’s an add-on you can install to take advantage of DNT. Learn more and how to get it on Sid’s blog or get the new beta here.
Mozilla in Summer of Code 2011
Gerv Markham writes that Mozilla will be applying to participate in Google’s Summer of Code 2011 program. If you have a Mozilla project that might be appropriate for Summer of Code, please get in touch with Gerv. Once we have a list of possible projects, we will also be contacting appropriate people to ask them to be mentors for these projects.
An Overview of the AMO Review Process
Add-ons Developer Relations Lead, Jorge Villalobos, has a lengthy overview of the AMO review process for those who may not know the details or policies involved. The AMO Review process is run by a group of volunteers named the AMO Editors. As Mozilla prepares for the release of Firefox 4, the AMO Editors are busier than ever. If you develop Add-ons please be sure to read Jorge’s post and a huge thanks to all the AMO Editors out there!
Design Jam London #2
Dees Chinniah of Mozilla Labs is organizing the next Labs Design Jam in London in conjunction with City University London on Feb. 26th. If you are in London or interested in finding out more about Open Design, please see Dees’ blog post.
It’s a wrap: FOSDEM
Mozilla took part once again at the Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting 2011, with a two-day Dev room and a busy booth. 15 talks were delivered in Mozilla’s Dev room that covered many key areas of the Mozilla project! The Mozilla Belgium team also had a kickoff meeting to plan activities for 2011 and to start work on their upcoming community portal. A hearty thanks to everyone who helped out with the Mozilla booth and our overall presence. We also managed to squeeze in some fun with another fantastic Community Social Night!
* Firefox 4 Beta – now with ‘Do Not Track” capabilities.
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08 Feb 2011 Mary Colvig comments off