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  1. Gervase Markham wrote on ::

    (I’ve not had so much time to do research this time.)

    Mitch Kapor was instrumental in using his contacts to get AOL to provide the generous settlement they did. He donated $300,000 of his own money and also agreed to be Chairman of the Foundation.

    At around the same time, we got four new super-fast machines for hosting the Mozilla infrastructure. Myk wrote: “They are Compaq ML370 boxes with two 2.8Ghz hyper-threaded processors and 4GB memory. Three of them have six 36GB hard drives; one has six 72GB hard drives. Intel Xeon processors in a 4U rackmount.” They ran Redhat AS 2.1 with some partitions running reiserfs.

    Wired article: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2003/07/59640

    Here’s some talking points written to be used around the Foundation launch, from Aug 27th 2003:

    Talking points for online forums

    How this affects daily operations

    o Basically at this point it doesn’t.
    o Still producing builds
    o Still maintaining website and bugzilla
    o Have until the end of September to find new hosting
    o AOL is maintaining facilities and associated people until then
    o AOL is donating current hardware to the foundation for use as it is
    used today
    o Finding hosting shouldn’t be a problem.
    o May have to make changes down the road, but it shouldn’t be a big
    deal

    Staffing issues

    o Some important AOL contributors will be protected via transition
    plan from AOL to Mozilla Foundation
    o Some AOL employees will remain with AOL until the end of September
    o Some employees will go to IBM
    o Other organizations not affected (obviously)
    o Other organizations are still strong (IBM, Sun, others)
    o checkins from non-netscape addresses now outpace netscape.com
    addresses as an indication of the outside interest

    Roadmap

    o Not affected
    o still building XPFE browser (seamonkey) with a focus on moving to
    Mozilla Firebird in the long term.
    o Changes in the future might require a re-focus on end users, but
    this is only a good thing.

    Platforms

    o We’re still available on our usual platforms
    o win32, Linux, Mac still tier one
    o have a lot to offer over the default browsers on those platforms
    o we are continuing to plan to keep the same platforms active

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  2. dboswell wrote on :

    David Baron recently blogged about his memories of when the Foundation was created at:

    http://dbaron.org/log/20130715-ten-years

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