Non-Profit Mozilla Europe Group Launches

Tuesday February 17th, 2004

A new non-profit organisation founded to advance Mozilla within Europe launched today. Mozilla Europe aims to promote Mozilla, encourage contributions to project and provide services to stimulate enterprise adoption. The group plans to work with existing Mozilla communities throughout the continent and has the full backing of the Mozilla Foundation, which has designated the nascent organisation as its first international affiliate.

Based in Paris, Mozilla Europe has three main goals. The first of these is to promote Mozilla and derivative products throughout the World's most densely populated continent, building upon the work of local Mozilla groups. The second is to encourage developers, companies and organisations to support the project, either by contributing code or supplying funding. The third is to bolster adoption of Mozilla in enterprises by offering several services, including technical support, deployment assistance and development work.

Mozilla Europe was founded by former Netscape employees Tristan Nitot and Peter Van der Beken, with Pascal Chevrel, Axel Hecht, Olivier Meunier and Jan Varga also on its Board of Directors. The group will be funded by donations from individuals, corporations and educational institutions. Individuals may also become members of the organisation for a fee, though the online payment system is not up and running yet.

Further details about Mozilla Europe can be found on the group's website, which is available in English, French, German and Spanish. The Mozilla Europe Statutes set out its legal basis under French law and the FAQ contains more general information. A joint press release about the launch of Mozilla Europe has been issued by Mozilla Europe and the Mozilla Foundation.

Update: Tom Graham writes: "We at Neowin took time to speak to the group's leader, Tristan Nitot, and he told us about the plans."

Another Update: As several people have pointed out, Asia has a higher population density than Europe.

#12 Re: What a prize!

by Gerv

Tuesday February 17th, 2004 10:34 PM

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> Is doing anything to promote Mozilla actively in Europe ?

Yes. For example, we have a presence at FOSDEM (me.) And our website has worldwide reach. We do interviews with European publications if they ask for one.

> Do answers all requests from Europe?

We don't assess requests based on country of origin.

> Do answers requests not written in English?

Yes, where possible, otherwise we pass them to someone who can answer them. But most requests are written in English.

> Is doing anything to protect their IP in Europe ?

Yes. For example, we made sure we had the rights to the Firefox mark in Europe before choosing it.

> Do provide official content in other languages ?

No, but neither with Mozilla Europe, as far as I can make out from the FAQ.

> Are there talented unemployed mozilla developpers in Europe ? yes >Is Mozilla going to hire them ? No.

The Mozilla Foundation has hired at least one European (jst) and one New Zealander (bengoodger.)