Mozilla Foundation Created
Tuesday July 15th, 2003
mozilla.org has just announced that they have created a new non-profit organization, the Mozilla Foundation, to continue the management of the Mozilla source. The new foundation will be made up of current mozilla.org staff, along with other open source leaders, including Mitch Kapor, who will chair the foundation. To help with the foundation's costs, AOL has pledged 2 million dollars, along with hardware and other resources, and other companies, including IBM, Red Hat, and Sun, are also pledging support. More information can be found in the press release or in the newsgroup posting. More details when available.
#7 Re: Re: Whats the difference?
Tuesday July 15th, 2003 8:31 PM
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"Seems to me this is a good marketing/PR spin on what is basically AOL wanting to rid itself of Mozilla. Start a foundation to take the place of AOL's control"
Actually, we have been working toward an independent mozilla.org for years and the Mozilla Foundation is the culmination of that work. The creation of the Mozilla Foundation is a huge win for Mozilla technologies and products and the Mozilla community overall. It gives us the legal framework and organizational structure so that companies can more comfortably and conveniently contribute (money, infrastructure, engineering resources, etc.) and better work with other members of the community to take Mozilla to the next level. Mozilla 1.0 through 1.4 have been kickass products. We've won numerous awards and are considered by many to be the best. The Mozilla Foundation will also bring resources to help us let the world know about our award-winnind product. This is something of a shift but one that's driven in part by the huge uptake we've seen from end-users over the last year or so and in part because we think we can reach a lot more with some smart marketing. The will help drive this new direction. It's a good thing.