I’ve got photos and a writeup coming soon (after I get the Korea posts up) but please go check out Kirai – Un geek en Japón by Héctor García – Presentación de Firefox 3 (en español) for photos of the Japan release party for Firefox 3 that just happened last night.
The video installation is a media art installation Mozilla Japan collaborated with Prof. Kakei of Keio Univ. and awesome Firefox extension developer and all-around-uber-hacker Daisuke Akatsuka. In short, it is showing real time downloads of Firefox 3 on a map of Japan that is movable and zoomable and music is generated by the users who are downloading and the users of the art installation who have an interface to the map of downloads. More to come on this…
UPDATE: Akimoto-san from Asiajin has a writeup, Firefox3 Release Party Tokyo, as does Kazuhito Kidachi, Firefox 3 リリースパーティー (in Japanese.)
As Mitchell Baker and I are in Seoul Korea for the 2008 OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet, we could not join in the fun at Mountain View for the launch of Firefox 3. So with the help of Yahoo! evangelist Jinho Jung, we did a short segment at Air Mozilla congratulating everyone for a successful launch and answering a few questions from the audience of hundreds who were watching. I don’t have the video at the moment but Jinho has photos up on Flickr.
Thank you to Channy Yun for coordinating, thank you to Jinho Jung for making it happen, and thank you to Rainer at Mogulus for helping us configure our setup quickly.
As annouced on the Firefox wiki, the next version of Firefox, Firefox 3.1, is code-named Shiretoko, for the national park in Japan which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Center. Shiretoko is the Ainu word for “end of the earth” (no, I didn’t know until I looked it up myself
MozillaLinks has a good overview of the planned additional features for Firefox 3.1.
Those of us in Japan will have to plan a visit to Shiretoko before Firefox 3.1 is released. We’ll take only photos and try not to leave even footprints.
Deb Richardson’s Field Guide to Firefox 3 has already been localized into Chinese!
[精品译文] Firefox 3 新功能指南 (v1.5)
How cool is that!?!?
Next week, as the Mozilla community prepares to release Firefox 3 in over 48 languages to over 180 million active users worldwide, Mozilla Foundation’s Chairwoman, Mitchell Baker will be speaking at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on The Future of the Internet – “Shaping Policies for Creativity, Confidence and Convergence in the Digital World.” The major question of the event will be, “How can the Internet make the world a better place?” and a number of the speakers and other concerned Internet users are using YouTube to address this question.
Mitchell will have dinner with the Mozilla Korea community on June 18th, celebrating the efforts of the Mozilla community in Korea and the release of Firefox 3. Please RSVP at onoffmix.com.
Channy Yun, leader of the Mozilla Korea community and lead localizer for Firefox in Korea has a comprehensive overview of Mozilla in Korea.
On June 19th, Mitchell Baker will keynote (with Vint Cerf), the Future Web Forum 2008: Global Web Technology Workshop (in Korean). I will also present on open standard support in Firefox 3.
While the OECD event will not be open to the public, the Mozilla Korea community dinner and the Global Web Technology Workshop are both open to the public (and the latter event is free) so we hope to see you in Seoul next week!
If you have any questions about the Mozilla Korea community dinner or the Global Web Technology Workshop, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer.
Brian Behlendorf, one of the founders of the Apache project, and board member of the Mozilla Foundation, will be speaking at the closing plenary, Redefining Leadership in a Networked Age, of the Personal Democracy Forum event on June 24th in New York City (my hometown . Other speakers with Brian will be Scott Heiferman (of Meetup, Fotolog, i-traffic), Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and Joe Trippi who most people know as having run Howard Dean’s campaign.
I wish I could attend but I think that it will be well blogged (or Twittered?)