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.
#26 what about mozilla-africa.org?
Thursday February 19th, 2004 1:59 AM
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I don't think geograpically splitting the Mozilla Organization's efforts is doing it any good, imho. If there are language issues they should be dealt with at a primary level, and by that I mean at Mozilla.org itself - possibly by using subdomains or taking a similar approach: europe.mozilla.org, asia.mozilla.org, africa.mozilla.org... europe.mozilla.org/de/ europe.mozilla.org/fr/ ... etc
Don't get me wrong, I think the idea of localized Mozilla efforts is excellent but the excecution thereof will surely confuse potential customers in the future? There are already so many mozilla community sites each with inconsistent branding - I still don't feel Mozilla.org is consistently branded itself. Now again there's this new Mozilla-Europe.org, looking completely different. There is zero standardisation. I even wonder how well the two sites are integrated in terms of content?
I'd like to see africa.mozilla.org - since South Africa alone has 11 official languages, for which six translations have already been made - see <http://www.translate.za.org> - "open source software translation project".