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Celebrate Firefox OS, Firefox Wins the Web Browser Grand Prix and more…

about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.

Celebrate Firefox OS
Celebrate Firefox OS
After nearly two years of hard work, Firefox OS has finally launched. Our new and open operating system for mobiles already found its way on some handsets and into countries like Spain and Poland. Built entirely using open standards, it’s free from the rules of existing platforms. The launch is truly a reason to celebrate in an extravagant way – and we’ll break barriers like time zones by doing it in the exact same moment. A message will automatically be shared by you and the other thousands of supporters, generating excitement and demand. All you have to do is to click a single button.

Help us show the world how Firefox OS is going to make the future of the Web brighter by joining the campaign on Thunderclap.

Firefox Wins the Web Browser Grand Prix
In the latest Browser Grand Prix by a respected tech authority, Firefox was competing against Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer. The first of the three tests was not very surprising: The new version of Firefox replaced the former performance champion Google Chrome as the new speed king. The reliability and security tests were passed by Firefox very easily as well – and it came in first, yet again. This means that with the excellent reliability, combined with near-native start times, Firefox is the speed and stability king of all browsers.

Get to know the details of the test and the thoughts about competition of the Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker.

Our Paris Office Officially Opened Its Doors
The last month at Mozilla was absolutely crazy – especially in Paris! We opened the new office in one of Europe’s nicest cities with a well-attended event. The inauguration of the historical building (it even has gold leafs!) began with a Firefox OS Hackathon. Together with our contributors, developers and employees we spent the following days watching exciting demos. And what would be a better way to wrap up such an event than celebrating a VIP party with you, Mitchell Baker and the French Minister for the Digital Economy, Fleur Pellerin. After such an amazing week, all we can say is: Merci for coming!

Check out Clarista’s pictures and recap of the inauguration.

A New Look For Mozillians.org
What’s the name of the guy who lives in the UK and works on Firefox? And where can I find somebody who knows how to fix a website? Our community directory at mozillians.org will answer that question in no time. This site is for you and all of the thousands of volunteers. That’s why we worked behind the scenes to update the design for the homepage and the whole directory. Along with the new look, there are also new features like the ability to search for public profiles without logging in. As soon as you log in, you’ll see important announcements and fun facts about Mozillians based on information in the database.

Take it for a spin or learn more about the people behind the redesign.

Firefox OS Twitter Chat
When will Firefox OS be available in my country? Why does Firefox OS matter? How will it shape the mobile world? Instead of asking these questions to yourself, why don’t you ask the Executive Chair of Mozilla, Mitchell Baker? Tomorrow, starting at 10:30am PST, she will be answering your questions and read your personal comments about Firefox OS. If you have answers to questions other users are asking, feel free to help answer them. But make sure to tell us about your thoughts as well!

Use the hashtag #FirefoxOSChat on July 17 from 10:30-11:30am PST to take part in our Twitter chat.

Photo of the Week

Firefox OS

Firefox OS debuts in Poland. Find some more pictures of the launch day in this Flickr set.

Upcoming events
* July 17 – Santa Cruz, Bolivia: FirefoxOS & HTML5 Workshop
* July 18-22 – Thessaloniki, Greece: openSUSE Conference 2013
* July 19 & 20 – Mombasa, Kenya: Mozilla Kenya Communities Meetup
* July 20 – Kalyani, India: Kalyani Hackathon
* July 22-26 – Portland, US: O’Reilly Open Source Convention
* Find even more near you on the Events Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved and find other Mozillians in our community who share your interests.

About about:mozilla
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!

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Stop Watching Us, Rebuilding a Simplified Firefox Logo and more…

about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.

(Re)building a Simplified Firefox Logo
The new logos for Firefox, Aurora and Nightly.
The new version of the Firefox logo that was unveiled in 2009 was an amazing piece of artwork. After almost four years, it’s time to take an evolutionary leap forward and tackle issues like color consistency. But we also listened to your feedback and are proud to uncover the new logo. We simplified its style by removing the high gloss and trimming the fox’s fur. A very little detail you may notice is that the fox now has a shoulder. Because simplifying a style doesn’t always mean bringing it down to basic geometric shapes and solid colors, the design team has made major efforts to create it. But judging by the results, it was definitely worth it.

Get to know the story behind the new Firefox logo and take a look at the new logos for Aurora and Nightly.

Amp Your Firefox Contest
If you want to do anything from block ads to quickly translate a website then there’s an add-on for that! Many of our users install them to have fun, be more productive or customize their favorite browser. We challenge you to amp up their Firefox even more by creating or updating add-ons on both desktop and mobile. Our panel of judges will pick the best add-on from each of the five prize categories and give you the chance to win an Android tablet or even a MacBook Air. But since it’s the taking part that counts, every participant will receive a cool “Amp Your Firefox” t-shirt for their approved entry.

Find out more about the Amp Your Firefox Contest and enhance the web experience of users around the world.

Launch of Firefox OS – Thoughts and History
It all started two years ago when Robert Nyman, who was new to Mozilla back then, saw a wiki page called “B2G” emerging. Boot to Gecko was the code name for an open operating system for mobiles based on the rendering engine of Firefox. Soon, the press picked up the story and although the response was mainly positive, there were also some skeptics. This month, the first Firefox OS devices launched in Spain – and in the very near future, a number of other countries will be announced. But what is Firefox OS? It’s not just about open source, open standards and open web apps, but more importantly about bringing users to the web on the go with affordable options.

Dive into the journey from a wiki page to first phones and find out more about Robert’s thoughts.

Stop Watching Us
By the time you read this blog post it’s entirely possible that the US government has already read it twice. A few weeks ago, media reports emerged that the government is collecting huge amounts of data from Internet companies. The revelations confirm many of our worst fears and put the privacy of hundreds of millions of people at stake. We’re taking a stand for users and launched a campaign sponsored by a broad coalition of organizations from around the world to demand full knowledge of the extent to which our data is being monitored. When we asked the public to get involved and respond to SOPA/PIPA, we received an overwhelming amount of responses. The same thing happened with ACTA in the EU. Now, we’re asking you to take a stand as well.

Stand up for your rights and help millions of users close the curtains of their glass houses.

Mozilla Ignite Winners
What would you do if your connection was 250 times faster than the internet most of us are used to today? This question was asked to anybody who was willing to take part in Mozilla Ignite, a 12-month open innovation challenge that invited people to design and prototype apps for the faster, smarter internet of the future. The winning applications provide a glimpse of what’s possible when we make networks not only faster, but also smarter and deeply programmable. One of the winning apps lets you explore the surface of Mars interactively, while another app enables 3D video-conferencing using open web components.

Read more about the other winning apps and how to bring next-generation networks to your community.

Photo of the Week

Firefox OS

The Firefox OS launch team in Madrid, Spain. Find some more pictures of the launch day in this Flickr album.

Upcoming events
* July 12 – Paris, France: Night Science
* July 13 – Iași, Romania: Firefox OS hackathon
* July 13 – Hampshire, United Kingdom: HackBMTH
* July 13 – Andhra Pradesh, India: WoMoz Rise
* July 16 – Laguna, Philippines: Webmaker Party: SCST Edition
* Find even more near you on the Events Calendar

Get Involved
These are just some of the available contribution opportunities. Learn more about other ways to get involved and find other Mozillians in our community who share your interests.

About about:mozilla
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!

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