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

Devices and Dark Matter
Firefox OS is the upcoming operating system for mobiles that lets you put a powerful and open world into your pocket. Lots of people have asked the project manager Dietrich Ayala if will run on their phones. Sadly, the answer is usually no, because porting an operating system to a device is very tricky (and likely to turn your hardware into a paperweight). But don’t give up on your hopes yet! Read his blog post to learn more about the efforts to port Firefox OS to various devices.

Webmaker in 2013
A year ago, we set out to move people from using the web to making the web with Webmaker. It teaches the art and craft of webmaking to anyone who wants to make something on the web. A few days ago, Matt Thompson explained in his blog post that the plans for 2013 have already been made: Webmaker will be refined, there’ll be better ways to level up skills, craft and code as you make and the global community of mentors to power Webmaker will be grown. Read more about the goals and what we built so far in his blog post.

Are apps really the future?
Christian Heilmann, a developer evangelist living in London, still remembers the time when you had to install software to get directions or edit images. Over the last few years, all of this moved to the Internet – you are able to get directions just by typing in an address into your favorite search engine. But now, we seem to be stalling, if not moving backwards in the evolution of content delivery. Read his blog post to find out why this is not something that users want.

New Webmaker Prototypes
For the first week back to work, a small group of Mozilla employees worked on new features in Webmaker that help users create new types of content. Brett Gaylor shows five of them in a blog post. The first prototype combines the Thimble and Popcorn Maker interfaces. Thimble is a tool for making the creation of websites easier than ever, while Popcorn Maker allows people to create and remix videos. Merging the two results in something that allows you to learn to code while making cool, time based media. Learn more about the other four prototypes.

Leading Mozilla: Focus Forward
Brendan Eich, inventor of JavaScript, has been the Chief Technology Officer of Mozilla since 2005. And now, he is proud to announce that he will also be managing the product and platform engineering teams. On his personal blog, he explains that this would be a privilege he takes seriously and that we will continue to innovate with even sharper focus on what’s in front of us.

Photo of the Week


Firefox OS App Days in Jakarta

Meet Some Mozillians
Mozilla says bonjour to Melek Jebnoun, Julien Wajsberg and a new boy band. Read more about how they contribute to Mozilla.

Upcoming events
* January 26, Mandalay, Myanmar: Barcamp
* January 26, In over 20 cities: Firefox OS App Days
* January 26, Hunedoara, Romania: MozCofee Hunedoara
* See more in our weekly event guide about:events or find more events on the Mozilla Community 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
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Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!