Category Archives: Firefox

Shanghai Community meeting December 8

Please join me at the upcoming Mozilla community meeting in Shanghai on the afternoon/evening of Sunday, December 8th. My presentation will be in English on the topic of community building strategies but I think the bulk of the meeting will be in Chinese.

A draft agenda is as follows (this may change):

3:00 - 3:10 pm Short introduction about Mozilla/Firefox l10n related work 
3:10 - 3:30 pm the translation guide lines introduction
3:30 - 3:45 pm break
3:45 - 4:45 pm Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace
4:45 - 5:00 pm break and free discussion
5:00 - 6:00 pm AMO, MDN, SUMO translation, l10n sprint
6:05 - 6:45 pm Gen's speech & QA
6:45 - 7:15 pm Pizza dinner
7:15 - 8:00 pm Movie "Code Rush"

- Event venue
上海市静安区昌平路990号8号楼 联合创业办公社 (延平智阁)
Google Maps link

Please feel free to either show up at the event itself or if you’d like, please leave a comment and we’ll know to look for you. Hope you can join us!

2012 update to the 2007 Cost of Monoculture in Korea

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.

Ahn Pledges To Wipe Out South Korea’s Outdated Internet Encryption Rule – Korea Real Time – WSJ

Internet Explorer becomes Korean election issue • The Register

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.

 

my MozCamp EU 2012 mission

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 :)

browser competition in Korea in 2012

The Korea Times has a new article on the popularity of Google Chrome in Korea.

In Korea, though Internet Explorer is still overwhelming other top browsers such as Firefox, Safari and Maxthon, Chrome is beginning to emerge as a possible contender.

In April 2011, 91.93 percent of Korean users used Internet Explorer, while only 4.33 percent used Chrome. Some had never even heard of others browsers used overseas.

In April this year, Chrome accounted for 13.88 percent of domestic users, the only browser to reach the double digits to challenge Internet Explorer’s 78 percent.

Chrome gaining fast against Explorer

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?

 

India community meetup at GNUnify ’12 in Pune

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:

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Indiameetup2012

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.

See you in Pune!

Mozilla meetup in Cambodia Jan. 23

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.

Khmer Firefox on Aurora; meetup in Cambodia

Mozilla Vision 2012 in Japan

Mozilla Japan will be hosting their developer event this weekend in Tokyo. Some portions will be streamed in English on UStream. Please see the details below for viewing remotely.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Japan/Events/MozillaVision2012/Conference

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:
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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)

Session (50 min.):
pdf.js – Challenging the Limits of HTML5 and JavaScript
(Presenter: Andreas Gal, Chris Jones of Mozilla Corporation)

Lightning Talk (60 min.)
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Following are other URLs for the event as your reference.

Mozilla Vision 2012 (English web site)

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Japan/Events/MozillaVision2012

Mozilla Vision 2012 (Japanese web site)

http://mozilla.jp/events/vision/2012/

Open Cambodia 2011

Thanks to Gunnar from the Mozilla Foundation, Arky from the l10n team, and Mark West from the East-West Management Institute in Cambodia, Mozilla was able to co-sponsor the Open Cambodia workshop in late August.

The event is a specialized, exclusive session for local Open Sourcers – bloggers, coders, and designers who share the Open Source ethic – to attend before Bar Camp. This session is a unique opportunity to learn about the relationship between Open Source and civil society issues, such as: protecting the Open Web from Internet censorship, the benefits of continuing to develop “indigenous” (Khmer) Open Source tools, and using web-based Open Source security tactics to improve data collection for both the public and private sector. This event is a special, exclusive opportunity to spend two days with these American experts leading into late October’s Barcamp meeting.

The largest Cambodian online news source, Sabay, covered the event as did the Cambodia Daily (English.)

http://news.sabay.com.kh/articles/143765

Mozilla meets Opera — Beyond HTML5: Dialogue between Web Developers and Browser Experts

Guest posting here from the Mozilla Taiwan (MozTW) community.

報到中

We just had COSCUP, the biggest open source conference in Taiwan, last weekend. This year, MozTW community once again used all its power to overthrow support the COSCUP staff. Mozilla not only sponsored COSCUP but also invited Paul Rouget, Web Evangelist, to Taiwan to give a talk entitled “HTML5 and Friends: intelligence client side” about recent development of HTML5 and its capabilities.

Beyond HTML5

As Paul came here from as far as Berlin, we didn’t want to let go of the chance to have further interaction with him. After Tiramisu Tim Dream, our beloved, full of passion, MozTW Web developer had a discussion with friends from Opera Taiwan, we decided to hold a mini-workshop entitled “Beyond HTML5: Dialogue between Web Developers and Browser Experts” in which Zi Bin Cheah, Web Standards Expert, from Opera would be giving a talk, along with Paul.

Beyond HTML5

Paul firstly introduced HTML5 features that are already implemented, and then the recently announced WebAPI project. The projet includes DOMCrypt for client side encryption/decryption, Notifications for service notification, Mouse Lock/Capture API for game developerment, WebUSB for controlling USB, WebVibrator which sounds just erotic funny, Camera for video capturing, Orientation/Accelerometer for device activities, WebGL/Canvas for displaying, WebTelephony/WebContacts/WebSMS for telecommunication stuff, and WebNFC and so on.

Through this endless series of cutting edge APIs, Mozilla hopes to break the gap between web pages and mobile devices, and finally enables Web developers to build full-fledged (and unimaginable?) services. In the process of developing these APIs, the relevant specifications and prototype implementations will be submitted to W3C in order to turn these APIs into Web standards and benefit everyone in the world.

Beyond HTML5

Zi Bin of Opera then shared several HTML5 demos with us like HTML5 games under hardware acceleration, getUserMedia for getting phone camera image and then CSS3 Transform for ruining the image, WebRTC for implementing Skype Killer video conferencing on Web pages. He also demostrated the potentials of making games using these technologies.
Finally, Zi Bin gave a demo on Opera Dragonfly, the remote bug fighting technology for mobile pages, and once again gave us a *Never Live Demo* lesson.

Beyond HTML5

And then the big show began. The panel had the two speakers and Kenny, the Team Contact of the W3C HTML5 Chinese Interest Group as the moderator. Kenny prepared various intense questions such as “What should Web developers do now that different browsers implement different thing?”, “What benefits do we get by having these new features when we are making Web pages but not Web applications?”, “Among these new features, what makes you the most excited?”, “Mozilla and Google keep inventing new APIs but ignores various features in the HTML5 spec. Why?” Paul and Zi Bin gave excellent answers to these questions.

Beyond HTML5

“People who are passionate about the future of the Web should go deep into it, either via investigating into the technology, experimenting with new features, participating in the community activities, joining discussions in HTML5 Interest Group and so on,” the two speakers reiterated.

(comic illustrating the Beyond HTML5 event by MozTW community member 電腦君(polliwog) )Slides of the two speakers:

Link to the slides, navigate via left/right keys.

We would also like to thank those who helped with the event: from Opera, Peko, from MozTW community Peter, shadowcrow and our Captain Bob, who really wanted to come to the event but didn’t make it due to heavy workload. Poor Bob!

More information:

Opera@COSCUP 2011 and Beyond HTML5 | Opera Taiwan
HTML5 Chinese Interest Group | zibin
HTML5 Slides Module – DZSlides by Paul Rouget

φ Reported by Irvin, correspondent of Mozilla Links Traditional Chinese Edition, and translated by Kenny.

Malaysia Open Source Conference 2011

I’m preparing for our Mozilla meetup in Malaysia this evening but wanted to publish the presentation I gave yesterday at the 2011 Malaysia Open Source Conference in Penang.

I want to thank my colleagues at Mozilla, Chris Heilmann and Robert Nyman, as their presentations provided significant inspiration and content for my own presentation.

I wanted to thank the MOSC 2011 secretariat for the invitation to speak and the coordination for the event.