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.

#18 Re: Re: What a prize!

by corwin

Wednesday February 18th, 2004 2:09 AM

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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.

Which is a very good thing, but real promotion goes much further, any web site has, by nature, worldwide reach :-) Can you provide interviews in French or German too ? After the announcement of mozilla europe yesterday, we got articles about mozilla in European online magazines which had never or barely spoken of mozilla before. Without Tristan volunteering for magazine interviews and demonstrations in computer universities, computer shows and administrations in France (all this on his free time !), we would have never had so much press articles here in France. I am regularly contacted by journalists or companies seeking for information in their language, logically, as a simple user, I shouldn't get these mails, they contact me because they don't know who to contact.

>> Do answers all requests from Europe?

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

In December, a local mozilla group of enthousiasts was about to launch a site which design was an exact copy of the new site so as to promote mozilla by themselves, they contacted repetedly to know if they could but never got any response. Finally they turned to Tristan who convinced them not to do so. I can tell you several other stories like that :-)

>> 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.

But until recently mozilla was still sold as a porn adword in and there isn't a week without somebody buying a mozilla.XX domain name (usually user groups which is fine for me).

>> Do provide official content in other languages ? >No, but neither with Mozilla Europe, as far as I can make out from the FAQ.

Mozilla-Europe Being an official affiliate of with a contract, I guess that it is part of the agreement, you will probably tell us more at FOSDEM ;-)

>> 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.)

New Zealand is in Europe :-) ? One person hired isn't much...

Understand that I don't intend to start a flameware or something, but I have been reviewing mozilla feedback in 5 languages and most people in European communities are enthousiast with words like "finally", "great", "it was high time" or 'how can I help". Mozillazine was the only place with no or negative feedback from the start so it kind of pissed me off.

BTW, a European official body will also be good for Tech Evangelism, personnally I abandonned Tech Evangelism 6 months ago, I just can't manage any longer the Spanish component without at least an official site in Spanish I can show to responsibles who have no idea of what Mozilla is. :-(