about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.
Weekend of Learning
Erin Knight wrote a posted some results of Mozilla’s Summer Code Party, which was a resounding success. Over 100 events across over 30 countries, with over 1,000 people learning to code. Her role was to monitor social media and share interesting things that came through. She shared a few of the projects to dig a little deeper to expose the learning that’s actually occurring underneath. In summary, despite some of the surface simplicity of some of the projects, there is a lot of learning and web literacy behind them.
A Firefox T-Shirt on Google Streetview
Last year, Otto de Voogd reported on Twitter that a Google Street View car passed and filmed him wearing a Firefox T-Shirt. He was on vacation in Estonia when Google’s cars were busy recording the screnery. Knowing they were around he wanted to get recorded by one while wearing a Firefox T-shirt. After waiting for many months, the result is now visible. Read more about how he managed to get himself photographed.
Mozilla Gains Global Support For a Firefox Mobile OS
Mozilla has announced growing industry support behind plans for a Firefox mobile OS based on HTML5. The operating system will power the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device’s capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications. Mozilla and all other participants are committed to ensuring the project is fully open and the reference implementation of the required Web APIs is being submitted to W3C for standardization.
The Difference between the Firefox of 2011 and 2012
Mozilla and Language Preservation
There are about 7,000 spoken languages around the world. Many of them are well known and spoken by millions of people, while others are on the brink of extinction. According to the Endangered Languages Project, nearly half of them could become extinct within this century. Preserving them has become a high priority for many people worldwide, including the localization teams at Mozilla. Read Jeffrey Beatty’s blog post if you want to know more about how Mozilla works closely with teams who localize Firefox into languages like Kashubian, Ligurian or Occitan.
Photo of the Week
The Arabic Mozilla Meetup’s participants
* July 4, Barcelona, Spain WebVisions
* July 7, Geneva, Switzerland 13th Libre Software Meeting
* July 14, San Jose, California Open Web Camp IV
* July 16, Portland, OR OSCON 2012
* New York, USA Firefox as a cloud alternative
* See more on the Mozilla Community Calendar
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Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!
03 Jul 2012 Jan Bambach