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.
I'm just speaking for Mozilla Europe, as is Tristan. The Mozilla Foundation knew that we're coming, they knew when and how. Anything else or about individuals is beyond our control and beyond my knowledge.
Mozilla Europe will work on the products. See <http://www.mozilla-europe.org/en/services/> But this will happen under the project lead of the Mozilla Foundation. So, we can say what we would like to do, that we have money to do so, and the manpower. But whether that gets stuff into the tree remains a Mozilla Foundation decision, just like today. The main point here is, just because we have a name with mozilla in it, doesn't take any power of project leadership from the Mozilla Foundation.
As far as copying m.o or meu.o websites goes, the graphics on m.o are still under Mozilla Foundation rule. I bet nobody claims to own CSS or "the design", but that does not mean that you can use the graphics or names unless otherwise indicated. Note that these issues are currently worked on again, as part of the branding stuff. Like, you can use firefox graphics to do banners on your webpage, but you must not use them for your own builds. (IANAL)
Localized start pages are an interesting thing. It might be nice to have them next to the localized product pages, so meu.o would be one possible place to host them. Mozilla Europe will most likely deal with these issues on a page-per-page basis, on request of the author of the corresponding build.