Monthly Archives: May 2007

Mozilla grant to PCF

People who know that Mozilla is a non-profit, public benefit organization sometimes wonder what Mozilla does with the revenue that the organization generates.

Seth Bindernagel explains that recently Mozilla gave a $100,000 grant to the Participatory Culture Foundation, a non-profit that has developed a free and open-source video application that happens to use a lot of Mozilla technologies.

As Seth explains, Mozilla supported PCF with this grant on 3 terms:

1. Their mission to ensure the continued rise of open source & open standards aligns with the Mozilla mission to encourage choice & innovation on the web.
2. They’re building something that can have influence on the way users browse web content, rich media, and desktop UI — and it’s based on Mozilla technology.
3. PCF is another example of that leverage we are looking for…they don’t have any venture backing, they’re running on a very lean budget, and they continue to seek creative resources to make a big difference in the way their users access content on the Web.

Please try Democracy Player– it’s quite an amazing piece of software.

Mitchell Baker interviewed in Australian IT

Mitchell Baker was interviewed by Australian IT and I thought this was a good read and a good overview of some aspects of the Mozilla project that don’t always get promoted.

Open source lizard stands guard | Australian IT

Japan Firefox Developers Conference Summer 2007

We’ve now opened up registration for the upcoming Japan Firefox Developers Conference in Tokyo on June 16th.  Mark Finkle and Mike Shaver from Mozilla will be joining many from the Mozilla Japan community for a great day of discussions and presentations around Firefox extensions. I hope you can join us!

Tristan Nitot responds to Chris Messina

Tristan Nitot, who works for Mozilla but is not speaking for Mozilla in this case, responds to Chris Messina’s video critique of Mozilla.

Mozilla is very successful in launching a new major version of Firefox every 12 months or so. But let’s face it: it is hard. Really hard. Do we want to slow down our development process in order to become a platform on a third level (on top of the Web and Extensions)? One of the biggest advantages that Mozilla has over Microsoft, it’s that we’re moving faster. Giving up on our ability to release often (which is something very important, considering our Open Source / Free Software nature) in order to become a platform is a very tough choice…

This part of Tristan’s response was most salient to me, but the whole thing is good.  Please check it out.  Note that this is not an official response from Mozilla, just one community member speaking to another.

Responding to Chris Messina – Standblog

Tokyo Mozilla Developer Day – June 16

On June 16th, Mozilla Japan will be hosting our 2nd Developer Conference in Tokyo, focusing on extensions and add-ons.  We’ve announced it on the Inside Mozilla Japan blog as well. If you are a web developer in Tokyo, please mark your calendar and reserve the date.

Our previous developer conference in December of 2006 attracted over 150 participants (report in Japanese; photos of the event) and was a big success.

various Mozilla news

Too much news to track. Just a few for you to not miss:

Joost Closes $45 Million in Financing

Joost Announces $45 million Funding From Sequoia, Index, CBS & Viacom

On Mozilla and The Evolution of the Browser

Chris Messina, Firefox, and the Curse of Expert Ennui

Thunderbird 2 launch event video

The Inside Mozilla Japan blog is hosting a 5 minute clip from a panel discussion that was held during the launch of Thunderbird 2 in Japan on the topic of, “the future of email.”  The video is in Japanese as are the subtitles.  The panelists were from Daikin Corp, Tokyo University and Google Japan.

Firefox search suggest in NY Times

It’s great to see this kind of question (people benefiting from features of web browsers) at the NY Times.  What’s more telling is that this person probably was using Firefox on their’s daughter’s computer and that’s why he or she noticed that Google and Yahoo! and provide search suggestions.

Q. I recently did a Web search with Google on my daughter’s computer. When I entered the information, a drop-down menu appeared with suggested Web addresses and additional words. How can I get my own computer to suggest words and Web sites?

A. Most browsers have an auto-complete function that can fill in site addresses you previously entered, but you can also have your Web browser “suggest” search terms as you type. There are at least a couple of ways to add the feature to your computer.

For example, Mozilla’s Firefox 2 Web browser has a Search Suggestion feature. As you type into the Search bar for the Google, Yahoo or search engines, the browser displays a list of terms that automatically updates itself to narrow down the options the more you type. The free Firefox browser for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux systems can be downloaded at

Taking Suggestions While Searching – New York Times

anti-trust investigations of 6 South Korean portals

I’ll be keeping my eye on this news coming out of Seoul.

Wed May 9, 7:18 AM ET SEOUL (AFP)

The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) started the inquiry into six operators including NHN Corp, Daum Communications and SK Communications Co, Yonhap news agency said.

NHN officials confirmed that officials came to their offices. “It is not targeted at a few portal operators but the whole industry,” a NHN spokesperson was quoted as telling Yonhap.

FTC officials declined to comment, saying they will hold a press conference Thursday.

The six are suspected of fixing prices for advertisements and imposing a ceiling on payments to content providers.

SKorea’s Internet portal operators under anti-trust probe

Joost beta invites

GigaOM was able to wrangle a site for Joost Beta invites.  If you haven’t tried out Joost (which is based on Gecko and XULRunner) and want to try it, here’s your chance!