Back in 2007, I published the cost of monoculture, a blog post that was the first English-language explanation of the situation in South Korea where a series of independent decisions created a de facto monopoly for Microsoft Internet Explorer. The blog post was widely covered in 2007, in Salon, Slashdot, Boing Boing, etc.
Fast forward 5+ years to the late part of 2012 and basically nothing has changed. In fact, things are so bad in Korea that a candidate for the President of Korea, Ahn Cheol-soo, has taken the position that if he were voted in, he would abolish the laws that have locked Korea to Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Sure this candidate is from the IT/software field, but the fact that his platform has this position says that this is still a painful issue for most people in Korea today. It’s stunning that the Korean government has not proactively moved away from Active-X plugins when Microsoft themselves are deprecating this technology in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10.
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In preparation for my participation at MozCamp EU 2012, I’m working hard to promote two Engagement programs we’re launching. One is the Tiger Team project (which I’m working with Chelsea Novak on) where we are gathering quickly implementable and test-able ideas to support the promotion of Firefox desktop. The other is a program that we’re launching soon to enable Mozilla communities to come up with ideas to promote Firefox for Android (Fennec) which we would help fund and the communities would implement. Both of these are outlined in my Mission MozCamp page. I look forward to finding out who my buddy will be 🙂
While it’s encouraging to see that browser competition in Korea is changing, I don’t understand this comment about “toolbars.”
Another downside of Internet Explorer, besides the need to agree to an authorized certificate for monetary transactions is the need to install toolbars. To access popular Web portals such as Naver or Daum, users are required to install provided toolbars, which are now considered cumbersome by those who have other new options open to them.
Chrome has the advantage of not needing tool bars, unlike Internet Explorer and Firefox, among others.
I don’t understand the requirement to download a toolbar in order to access a website. Is this a real requirement or just an attempt by the portal to push their toolbar onto the user? Maybe my Korean readers can help explain this?
This is the formal announcement for a meetup of the Mozilla India community at GNUnify ’12 in Pune, the weekend of February 10-12. Mozilla will participate at GNUnify on Feb. 10 and 11, and the India community meetup will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12th.
Friday, February 10 – Mozilla participation at GNUnify ’12
Saturday, February 11 – Mozilla participation at GNUnify ’12
Sunday, February 12 – Mozilla India community meetup in Pune
The goal of this meetup on Feb. 12 is to gather the India community together for a number of objectives including:
establish the community structure
build road map for 2012
identify priorities for the community
bring together key localizers and other core and active contributors (including ReMo)
promote Mozilla in India
Arky and Axel from the l10n Drivers will be attending. I will be attending. We also hope to get a member from Developer Engagement to attend. More info to come when we have it.
Anyone who is active in the Mozilla India community is welcome to join this event. As Mozilla will not be providing any funding to attendees, we selected Pune as this location is home to the Red Hat team which has a number of key localization team leaders and members.
We will do our best to accommodate online participation via IRC but this will depend on local connectivity at the venue which is not yet determined. Information about the weekend will be posted here:
Vineel is helping to organize the weekend but we would love help from Mozilla community members in Pune for local support and knowledge. If you can help Vineel with planning, please contact him directly or post to the Community-India mailing list or Google Group interface.
The planning for the event will be discussed on the Community-India list (see above) so please join the list to participate.
John O’Duinn’s Mozilla meetup in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Jan. 23rd has been confirmed:
We’ll be meeting at East-West Management Institute, House #43, Street 208, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Events formally go from 2pm-5pm Monday 23rd January, 2012; at 7pm, we’ll head over to Romdeng, House# 74, Street 174, Phnom Penh for dinner+drinks+chat.
If you are interested in helping to make the Khmer Firefox a reality, helping to promote Mozilla in Cambodia, please join John and Vannak and the EWMI team on Monday.
A live broadcast of the event will be available at these times: January 20th (Fri) 17:00 – 18:00 (PST) January 20th (Fri) 20:00 – 21:00 (EST) January 21st (Sat) 1:00 – 2:00 (WET)
The following is a list of sessions available for live broadcast: ——————————— Opening/Special Talk Session (60 min.): Pursuing Dreams – Technology and Creation from an Open Mind (Navigator: Satoko Takita of Mozilla Japan, Jun Murai of Keio University) (Guest: Tomotaka Takahashi as Robot creator)
Panel Discussion (90 min.): Raise Golden Eggs! – Discussing the Future Education Style (Moderator: Kaoru Takeuchi as Science Writer) (Panelists: Mark Surman of Mozilla Foundation, Kim Jones of Curriki, Shinpei Toyofuku of GLOCOM)
Session (50 min.): The Future of HTML5 and Web Technology – Overview of the Latest Web Technologies for Everyone (Presenter: Chris Heilmann of Mozilla Corporation)
Session (50 min.): The Current and Future of Web Standards (Presenter: Tantek Çelik of Mozilla Corporation)
Lightning Talk (60 min.) ———————————
Following are other URLs for the event as your reference.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that I’ve joined the Mozilla Conductors. What are the Conductors you may ask? They are:
a team of Mozilla community members who are available as mentors to help conversations run more smoothly and harmoniously. We’re not police or referees, just a group of people who have offered to be available to give advice, counsel and support to our fellow community members when a discussion or debate gets a little tense.
If you have any questions about the Conductors or have a concern for the Conductors to address, please send an email to the address listed on the Conductors’ website.
In November, Mozilla’s Contributor Engagement team (the team I am on) worked hard to produce two MozCamp events on back-to-back weekends in Germany and Malaysia. Between MozCamp EU (Berlin) and MozCamp Asia (Kuala Lumpur), we gathered over 450 core contributors of the Mozilla project and shared lots of important information about the project, our goals, our challenges and what we’re planning for 2012.
Heros of MozCamp 2011
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who was involved in making our MozCamps in Berlin and KL successful. Specifically, I’d like to thank: Havi Hoffman, Laura Forrest, Dave Berz, Zandr Milewski, Shyam Mani, Paul Rouget, Greg Jost, Lee Tom, Sean Martell, Atul Varma, Spencer Hui, Team Baked Goods and all participants & speakers for making the events as memorable as they were for everyone who participated.
Please enjoy a short video covering both MozCamp events.
Very interesting blog post by Zed Shaw on why he chooses the GPL over other licenses. Emphasis and bold is my own.
I’ll always be an open source developer, but quite frankly, we’re dying off because the companies who use our software do not give back. The irony of the situation is that, in order to improve my motivation to do open source, I have to charge for it.
I obviously won’t ever charge an open source project, since they are honoring the unwritten contract: If I give, you give.
But the days of quick-flip corporations and ingrate programmers making money on my software are over. My new motto is:
Open source to open source, corporation to corporation.
If you do open source, you’re my hero and I support you. If you’re a corporation, let’s talk business.