about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.
Why We Localize Firefox
Mozillians participating in localization are very diverse, come from many different backgrounds, countries, languages, and experiences. Jeffrey Beatty recently had the chance to ask them about their motivations for localizing Firefox, and their reasons were just as unique and varied as they are. Most of them said that they wanted to help users in their region have access to the web in their language, others want to preserve their language or to participate in open source software projects. Make sure to take a look at his blog post to read more about their personal reasons for getting involved.
Thunderbird – Stability and Community Innovation
The Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, announced last Friday that Thunderbird’s development reached a point where it’s already pretty much what its users want. Concluding that on-going stability is the most important thing, she says that “continued innovation in Thunderbird is not a priority for Mozilla’s product efforts”. But don’t worry, that’s not “it” for Thunderbird. Mike Conley says why Thunderbird is not dead.
Contributor Imprisoned in Syria
In March, the valuable contributor to and leader in the technology community Bassel Khartabil was unjustly detained in a wave of arrests in Damascus. Since then, his family, who have had their lives put on hold, has received no official explanation for his detention or information regarding his whereabouts. Mitchell Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, encourages everyone in a blogpost to sign a support letter to free him again.
Mozilla Testifies on Do Not Track
Last week, Mozilla participated in the US Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the Do Not Track agreement. The purpose of the hearing was to explore whether voluntary self-regulation efforts of the ad industry are sufficient to negate the need for legislative action. Read the official blog post to get to know more about Mozilla’s position.
WebFWD Initiative for the Mozilla Community
WebFWD is Mozilla’s program to help open source innovators create businesses to change the world. If you are an entrepreneur in search of help, check out our resources page which includes fantastic teaching and exercises on key stuff a tech start-up needs to grow into a real healthy business. Still have questions? Look for @dianeb or @pfinette on the irc.mozilla.org #webfwd channel every Wednesday at 11am PST (7pm UTC).
Photo of the Week
Organizers & Volunteers during the Mozilla Festival in Pune, India
* July 11, Guatemala City, Guatemala OTN Latin American Tour – North
* July 13, Tegucigalpa, Honduras OTN Latin American Tour – North
* July 14, San Jose, California Open Web Camp IV
* July 16, Portland, OR OSCON 2012
* July 16, San Jose, Costa Rica OTN Latin American Tour – North
* See more on the Mozilla Community Calendar
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Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!
10 Jul 2012 Jan Bambach