But it's more than just parental controls; it's the best way to harness the most important social network there is, your family, to bring just the right parts of the web into your household, and it's the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your young ones are using the very latest in safe and secure internet technologies, produced and supported by the largest open source community in the world.
January 2008 Archives
If I was going to write a column for the Financial Times' New Technology Policy Forum, I'd expect that an FT editor somewhere in that organization would insist on a basic understanding of the technologies being discussed.
Apparently the Financial Times decided not to hold Thomas Hazlett to such a high standard.
Download Squad put together a brilliant birthday cake for Mozilla. Thanks, guys and galls.
Opera has finally abandoned its advertised support for Microsoft IE's
document.all DOM method, and has adopted Mozilla's approach to compatibility in this area.
The more we can collectively wean the Web off of this out-dated, non-standard (or pre-standard, in this case) IE content, the better off we all are.
XiTi Monitor's latest survey results points to December's strong growth across the globe, especially in South America and Oceania.
In the US, XiTi reports a December gain of nearly one percentage point to 21% of the market. In Europe, December growth was also strong, putting Firefox at 28%. Australia and New Zealand were the big Firefox winners in December gaining 1.4 percentage points and becoming the first region to break the 30% mark with a Firefox market of 31.1%.
Consistent with their previous study, Firefox migration to the latest version is still dramatically outpacing IE migration to the latest version. According to XiTi, 93% of Firefox users are using Firefox 2 while only 47% of IE users are on 7. (BTW, my calculations suggest something closer to 97% of Firefox users on Firefox 2)
Until they publish in English, here's a Google translation.
(For context, you should have already read John Lilly's blog post on Mozilla & Firefox Market Share.)
This week, for the first time, we measured more than 50 million active users on a single day. That should roughly translate to about 150 million total Firefox users out there.
Firefox wins another award, Jupitermedia and Developer.com's Development Utility of the Year.
Linux Magazine has named Mozilla one of it's "Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008"
With Firefox 3.0 on the horizon, we think that the MozCorp folks are important to watch for a couple of reasons. First, because Firefox has been, slowly but surely, increasing its market share over the past few years.
Second because Web applications are becoming increasingly important for users and Firefox is at the forefront of enabling more elegant Web applications. Specifically, the work on offline applications that has gone into Firefox 3.0 is likely to be very important to vendors producing Web applications-- and important to the users of those apps.
Firefox has won the Open Source Application of the Year in the .Net Awards sponsored by .Net Magazine.
OPEN SOURCE APPLICATION OF THE YEAR: FIREFOX
The open source revolution has changed the face of software. In fact, open source technologies underpin much of the internet, from the Linux operating system that’s cornered the server market through to the Apache webserver and the myriad of programming languages that developers can choose to work with. Open source is massive – but it can sometimes be almost invisible.
That’s why it’s gratifying to see this year’s Open Source Award go to a project with much higher end-user visibility: Firefox.
Tristan Nitot, president and founder of Mozilla Europe, spoke to .net about what Firefox’s backer, Mozilla, has been up to for the last year and what’s in store for 2008: “Mozilla is an incredible ride,” he says. “We passed 400 million downloads and have more than 120 million active users worldwide.” The Mozilla Foundation is itself also growing and now has a total of 120 staff across the globe.
Firefox became the browser with buzz, not only because of its ease of use, but also its rock-solid technology and support for web standards. Nitot says there’s plenty more work to do: “Our biggest challenge is to ship Firefox 3,” he says. “That’s the big thing for 2008.”
A big thank you to Marcia, Clint, Carsten, and Alix for making today's Air Mozilla rock.
Don't miss this special edition of Air Mozilla Live. We'll be discussing John Lilly's new role as Mozilla CEO and Mitchell Baker's plans for her Chairman role. As usual, we'll be taking your questions live via IRC, IM, and email.
So join us, this Wednesday for our live community discussion and "call-in" show.
Who: The Mozilla community, host Asa Dotzler, and guests Mitchell Baker, John Lilly
When: Wednesday, January 09, from 10:00:00 - 11:00:00 PST (UTC -8.)
Where: View the webcast at air.mozilla.com and participate on IRC, IM, or email.
- IRC: join the discussion on irc.mozilla.org #airmozilla
- IM: instant message your questions to the AIM/YIM/GTalk screenname airmozilla.
- email: send in your questions before and during the show to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Mozilla is now streaming 24/7 with a new live show every month (or as close to that as makes sense.) If you've got ideas for shows, please email us and let us know. Even better, if you're a part of the Mozilla community and you'd like to be interviewed or present on our live broadcast, let us know.
Read all about it at Mitchell's and John's blogs.
Mitchell Baker - Mozilla Corporation CEO and Chairman
John Lilly - my new job at mozilla
I'll just say here what I said to some of my colleagues earlier today:
Congratulations, John and Mitchell.
I'm thrilled that you'll both be doing more of what you're passionate about here at Mozilla.
I've been with Mozilla for a long time, as long as all but a couple of people here, and I've been through my share of big, scary, and disruptive changes within the organization. This one doesn't feel scary to me at all.
If you've got questions for John and Mitchell, I'll be hosting a special edition of Air Mozilla this Wednesday where you can ask them during the live, interactive, community-wide discussion. More on that in a follow-up post.
update: my colleague, Chris Blizzard, has a great blog post about this change.
I'm going to try to put more into my various blogging categories this year. Here's a start with something in the "personal stuff" category.
In 2007 I broke out of some of my old music habits and started listening to a number of new (to me) acts. Here's a partial list, and in no particular order, of the artists I've added to my regular listening collection this last year.
The New Pornographers*
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Broken Social Scene*
Thao (Nguyen) with The Get Down Stay Down
The Eames Era
*One thing that's kind of interesting about the list is the outright dominance of Canadian artists, something I didn't notice until just as I was putting it together.
via John's blog, I've now read several takes (including his) on the "Mozilla IPO" talk that's swirling around today. I've held off on posting most of the day while I tried to wrap my brain around this and how I'd like to think and talk about it -- what's the appropriate frame for this discussion.
(I've been with Mozilla since late 1998, first as a volunteer and full-time for the last 7+ years and something that's always bothered me is that so many public discussions that could be really productive and valuable for our community and our users get launched by people who don't really understand what Mozilla is about and so they frame the discussion in ways that more often than not lead to mostly unproductive discussion. Today's IPO talk seems to be a great example of this.)
All too often, people evaluate Mozilla, and other organizations, in terms of financial worth and opportunities to grow that worth. That is, a company's value is commonly so deeply entangled with its finances that in most media coverage the financial situation becomes an easy proxy for describing the value of that company. That's sometimes a reasonable way to track things -- especially without having to think too deeply about the company and what it's actually doing. This is a pretty common frame for discussion of businesses in the US where so much of the media coverage is driven by and provided for investors, investors who often don't really care so much about what a company does as what a company can do for their portfolio.
But that's not always the right frame and it's definitely not the right one when thinking about Mozilla. Sure, Mozilla's financial health is an important piece of the pie. But in our case, using financials as a proxy for discussing the worth or the value of Mozilla is such a narrow frame as to be almost worthless. (Not that this has stopped people over the last few years.)
There are a couple of different frames I'd like to introduce that I think will help us talk about Mozilla and finances more openly, more honestly, and hopefully more productively. Now, these are just my personal opinions, but I obviously still think they're worth sharing.
The first re-frame is necessary because Mozilla's worth is simply not measurable in dollars. Mozilla's worth is more tightly coupled with its ability to benefit the Internet-using public (by creating public goods like Firefox, Thunderbird, and an Open and participatory Web) than it is connected with its ability to generate financial wealth. Therefor, our value should be measured as the extent we're able to create these public-benefiting goods. It's that simple. There are of course questions about how much and how fast, but the real value ought to be measured in the change we're able to produce, and not the tools (like cash) that we use to produce those changes. A perfect example here is the value that the Mozilla community provides. It's simply immeasurable (and, importantly, something that the entrenched forces cannot replicate.) We're able to drive change on the Internet to the extent we are because we have thousands of brilliant and passionate people writing code, testing our products, marketing Firefox, providing Firefox user support, evangelizing to developers, and more. That's our big lever right now, not cash, for dislodging stagnant behemoths that have until recently dominated most of the Internet.
The second re-framing is important because it is completely reasonable, and potentially extremely valuable, to talk about Mozilla's ability to benefit the public as being limited by Mozilla's financial situation. But, if we want to talk about things like IPOs, the let's talk about them as they relate to providing Mozilla the financial wherewithal to accomplish more of its public-benefit mission. Yes, let's talk about money and let's not restrict our discussion to what Mozilla is doing and earning today. However, while it may be interesting to speculate what Mozilla could do with $1 billion dollars (and I'm all for thinking big) it seems to me that a better approach would be to discuss what Mozilla could be doing that it cannot do now because of a lack of financial resources. If we can come up with a set of activities, processes, or products that would be clear mission drivers and that we cannot do that now because of a lack of resources, then we should talk about what resources we need and the various ways we might get them. In discussions framed like that, I'm all for talking about the upsides and downsides all of the tools Mozilla might use, even an improbable one like an IPO.
Finally, I want to say something about community. There's speculation around the blogs that "the Mozilla community" wouldn't be happy or might even revolt if Mozilla were to have an IPO. I think that characterization of the community's potential reaction is completely wrong and really just another result of the problematic framing of the discussion.
I'd certainly react differently to the two questions, "What more should Mozilla be doing and how can Mozilla gather the resources to make that happen?" and "What do you think about the Mozilla Foundation raising $1B dollars in an IPO?"
People who support Mozilla, paid and volunteer, have rallied behind Mozilla's mission to make the Internet better for people all over the world. Let's talk about how we can do more of that and how we can do it more effectively. Then let's talk about resources and the means to get those resources. I don't think there are many people in Mozilla's community who wouldn't be happy having those discussions.
This afternoon I had a short conversation with Deb about the idea of "Firefox workspaces". Her idea, from a while back, was that it was a series of Firefox sessions that could be saved and easily swapped. So, for example, you might have a "home" workspace, and a "newsletter" workspace, and a "home renovations" workspace with related google notebooks, bookmarks, etc. and you could hot swap between them.
This is close to what I want and sort of what I do today with multiple browser windows. I have three browser windows open most of the time. One is for pages and web apps that I regularly use for work stuff. I keep this window open and front-most most of the time. The second window is for "play" where I rotate between a bookmark group of tech blogs, political blogs, and a few news aggregation pages. This window usually sits in the background except when I'm taking a break from work. Finally I have a third window that I think of as "temp", for random and transient stuff. I don't have a set of bookmarks associated with that window. It's for when someone pastes a link on IRC or I want to surf to a link from email or my feed reader that's not strictly work-related.
These three "workspaces" mostly work to keep things separated and help me manage my workday. I have one major usability problem, though. If I forget to give my "temp" workspace the last focus before moving to IRC, email, or my feed reader, then I'll end up firing links off in one of my two more specifically dedicated windows.
What I'd really like is to specify that link clicks originating in different applications, or more precisely, different accounts or channels in those applications, always open in a specific browser window. When I'm in my Thunderbird work email account, and certain IRC channels, it'd like links to open in my "work" workspace. When I'm reading personal email, or a couple some other IRC chats, or in my feed reader, I'd like to be able to send those links to the "temp" workspace.
I might be able to use Prism or multiple browser profiles to get the granularity I want at the app level, that is, associating links in Thunderbird with one browser/profile, links in mIRC with another, etc. But I can't see how I'd be able to differentiate at the account/channel granularity within an app like Thunderbird or mIRC.
Anyone have any suggestions? How do you use Firefox "workspaces"? What would make things work better for you?