The Role of Mozilla Europe

Tuesday August 10th, 2004

Axel Hecht has written a weblog post explaining what exactly Mozilla Europe does. The non-profit Mozilla Europe group launched earlier this year.

#3 Re: Still don't quite get it

by corwin

Wednesday August 11th, 2004 4:10 AM

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(Mozilla Europe promotes all mozilla products not only the suite of course)

There are lots of good reasons why mozilla europe was created and is usefull, among them :

- there are very few (euphemism) European members in the mozilla Foundation while mozilla will probably be more successful in Europe than in the US IMO - there was no official organisation in Europe that companies and governmental administration could ask help to if they wanted to deploy a mozilla product, now they have somebody to talk to. - in the middle/long term mozilla europe could be able to hire full-time developpers, when Netscape was killed by AOL, European mozilla developpers got fired, most are still unemployed but keep on contributing to mozilla code, it won't last forever since they need to fill the fridge... - being officially registered, can get computer science students looking for internships to work on mozilla - computer magazines can now contact Mozilla Europe people for interviews in French, Spanish, German, Slovak... and this in their timezone ! - being a European organisation with European members, they understand (and defend) European concerns about mozilla and have a better knowledge of the European situation and local mozilla communities. - participates in developper conferences like FOSDEM, shows the product in universities, companies... - have more resources than smaller hobbyist communities to promote mozilla (manpower, big server, close relationship with the mozilla foundation, contacts with the computer press and local communities...)

There are other, perhaps less visible reasons, such as trying to protect IP in Europe, relaying information from and helping localizers beign heard and understood of course ;)