about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.
Reboot of the German-Speaking Community
Is there any better way to start 2013 than to reboot your local community? Of course not! That’s why the German-speaking Mozilla community that includes many folks from Switzerland, Austria and Germany met in Berlin. After some brainstorming, discussions (and post-it notes fun), they came up with a new mission statement and improved structure. “A strong community for the open web”, that’s what Germany needs. And with the new structure, that will be possible. Read more about the results of the meeting and get to know about two interesting facts in Brian King’s blog post.
How to Install Firefox and Thunderbird on Ubuntu
Installing Firefox is very easy: You just download it and run the installer – that’s it. Unfortunately, this only applies to Windows and Mac OS. If you’re using Ubuntu, installing Firefox can be a little bit more difficult if you have removed it for some reason. But the definitely most difficult thing is to install a Nightly build. Thanks to Christie Koehler, it has just become easier then ever. In her latest blog post, she shows you how to install any version of Firefox and Thunderbird on Ubuntu.
Firefox Challenge + You = Success!
During the last few weeks, we kept you updated on the Firefox Challenge, which came to an end a few days ago. Thanks to you, we were able to raise over one million dollars. And we are also proud to announce the winner: Ian Somerhalder! He received over 1,700 donations, raising more than $120,000 for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Only $600 separated the winner from the second place, Jimmy Kimmel. Check out the full results on our Crowdraise page.
3 Sneak Peeks for Firefox for Android
Who doesn’t love a sneak peek? Last year, our developers brought you many new and great features, but now we will show you three things you can expect to see in 2013! The first thing is private browsing, which is useful if you want to buy a gift for your loved ones without letting them know about it. Also, we’re working to bring you themes for your Android browser and last but not least, we are planning to make Firefox for Android available for more devices than ever. Read more about what 2013 holds in store for you.
One Year at Mozilla
A few days ago, 40,000 feet up in the air over the Atlantic, Rob Hawkes looked back at 2012 and his favorite moments. In his first full year at Mozilla, Rob traveled around the world – five times: Having traveled for 1/3 of the time, he left behind over 134,000 miles. He also describes how and why he fell in love with Firefox OS, but he also talks about the most difficult part of the last year: His decision to leave Mozilla. Read more about his personal highlights and wishes for 2013 on his blog.
Photo of the Week
The Firefox OS Team in Berlin during a workweek. During their workweek, they have fixed all (over 200) blocking bugs. (By asullivan06)
* January 19, Iași, Romania: Firefox 18 launch party
* January 19, Dakar, Senegal: Firefox OS App Day in Dakar
* January 20, Tocho Ajusco, Mexico: Firefox Clinic
* January 20, Taichung, Taiwan: Firefox & Fedora Party
* January 20, Gaza Strip, OPT: Hack Your Browser
* January 20, Hyderabad, India: 6th MozCafe
* January 21, Jakarta, Indonesia: Firefox OS App Day
* See more in our weekly event guide about:events or find more events on the Mozilla Community Calendar
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s Community Engagement team and is published every Tuesday. For more on what has been happening this week also checkout the Mozilla Project Meeting. If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue, please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla[dot]com or send us a status message on mozilla.status.net or a tweet @aboutmozilla. You can also subscribe to the email version.
Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!
15 Jan 2013 Jan Bambach