APCMag.com Interviews Mitchell Baker on Future of Mozilla Firefox
Monday May 7th, 2007
Dan Warne writes: "APC Magazine in Australia has posted an 8,000 word interview with Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker about where Firefox came from and where it's going. Baker talks about putting Firefox on mobile devices; the Mozilla Foundation's plans to get into open source graphic and video rendering to compete with Flash and Silverlight; where the $55million a year Firefox earns comes from; the struggle with patents in the software industry; that many more businesses are recontemplating moving to Firefox rather than dealing with the upgrade to IE7, and why Mozilla hasnít yet built an ad-blocker into Firefox. She also talks about how Firefox 3.0 will have a lot more capability around 'branding' — will it be the corporate visual theming disaster that was IE4? And how Mozilla's small development office in New Zealand is developing the ability to run web apps in Firefox without an internet connection. And a cartoon character, 'Foxkeh', which has been created to make Firefox more approachable in the Japanese market."
#1 A little more on branding ...
Tuesday May 8th, 2007 5:34 AM
Sadly, there's been some confusion due to the poor wording on the PRD. The "branding" capability pieces of the PRD are around simplifying the way we do Firefox Companion and other bundled builds to ensure that automatic security & stability updates don't remove the customizations (or "branding") created by those bundles. For example, presumably a user would have downloaded the Firefox with Kodak EasyShare Gallery Companion (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/add-ons/kodak/) because they wanted that functionality on their computer. Having that disappear when an automatic update is delivered, or indeed when they upgrade to Firefox 3, is problematic. Mozilla has been employing some workarounds to keep this from happening to date, but Firefox 3 will have some features that make it a lot easier for the packaging and maintenance of these bundles.