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.

#28 re: what about

by tristouille

Thursday February 19th, 2004 2:19 PM

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Let me try to answer your questions. The Mozilla Foundation does an amazing job at doing Mozilla 1.x and other products. I mean, really. But Mozilla Foundation has limited resources, and cannot afford to pay someone to work in Europe. At the same time, Europe is really a place where one can find users, contributors and eventually contracts for the Mozilla browser. Should we leave this territory untapped because the Foundation is lacking resources? When the European Netscape guys were laid off last July, they thought that they could help the Mozilla product to find new users and new contributors in Europe. The idea of Mozilla Europe was born. I was among the three guys that had this idea (two others being Peterv and Daniel Glazman).

We approached the Foundation and discussed how what we needed, and we eventually had a deal. We wanted to have the right to use the name, but still be slightly different. Now Mozilla Europe has launched, it has the brand, the expertise, the mission and a clearly defined territory. I personnally think we are on the right track. No IT manager would deploy a "free" product without local support, expertise. Also, we do help significantly on localization (for product, documentation and Website). This is very important, more for Europe than the Foundation, who has a lot on its plate. But be assured that Mozilla-Europe's participation to the core Mozilla product will land to the Foundation's CVS. Regarding inconsistent branding, we hope to help local communities in Europe in offering their localized builds in a single place on the Web.

Also, it is important to have local persons, in the same timezone, sharing the same concerns (same law, same environment, same concern for local language). Being closer means being more efficient in helping the Mozilla deployment.

Also, to respond on the topic, now that Mozilla Europe has worked with Mozilla Foundation to create the notion of "international affiliate", it will be much easier for other countries or continents to become affiliates. So Mozilla Africa is significantly closer to reality than is was just one week ago.

--Tristan Nitot Mozilla Europe.