Mozilla is a free software community best known for producing the Firefox web browser. The Mozilla community uses, develops, spreads and supports Mozilla products and works to advance the goals of the Open Web described in the Mozilla Manifesto. The community is supported institutionally by the Mozilla Foundation and its tax-paying subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. In addition to the Firefox browser, Mozilla also produces Firefox Mobile, the Firefox OS mobile operating system, the bug tracking system Bugzilla and a number of other projects.
On February 23, 1998, Netscape Communications Corporation created a project called Mozilla (after the original code name of the Netscape Navigator browser which is a portmanteau of “Mosaic Killer”) to co-ordinate the development of the Mozilla Application Suite, the open source version of Netscape’s internet software, Netscape Communicator. Jamie Zawinski says he came up with the name “Mozilla” at a Netscape staff meeting. A small group of Netscape employees were tasked with coordination of the new community. Originally, Mozilla aimed to be a technology provider for companies, such as Netscape, who would commercialize their open source code. When AOL (Netscape’s parent company) drastically scaled back its involvement with Mozilla in July 2003, the Mozilla Foundation was launched as the legal steward of the project.
THE MOZILLA MANIFESTO:
The Mozilla project is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet. We have worked together since 1998 to ensure that the Internet is developed in a way that benefits everyone. As a result of the community’s efforts, we have distilled a set of principles that we believe are critical for the Internet to continue to benefit the public good. These principles are contained in the Mozilla Manifesto.
1. The Internet is an integral part of modern life–a key component in education, communication, collaboration, business, entertainment and society as a whole.
2. The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
3. The Internet should enrich the lives of individual human beings.
4. Individuals’ security on the Internet is fundamental and cannot be treated as optional.
5. Individuals must have the ability to shape their own experiences on the Internet.
6. The effectiveness of the Internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.
7. Free and open source software promotes the development of the Internet as a public resource.
8. Transparent community-based processes promote participation, accountability, and trust.
9. Commercial involvement in the development of the Internet brings many benefits; a balance between commercial goals and public benefit is critical.
10. Magnifying the public benefit aspects of the Internet is an important goal, worthy of time, attention and commitment.
Read more: http://www.mozilla.org/about/manifesto.html.
The Mozilla Project is completing 15 years and the following 15 facts offer a look at who they are, including some of their biggest achievements and milestones.
01. The Mozilla Project launched at Netscape on March 31, 1998, to offer choice to users and drive innovation on the Web.
02. Proudly non-profit, Mozilla makes products like Firefox with a mission to keep the power of the Web in the hands of users everywhere.
03. More than 10,000 contributors expressed their support for our mission by paying for a full-page ad in The New York Times on the day Firefox 1.0 launched in 2004.
04. Today Mozilla has contributors on every continent, including Antarctica (where Firefox is used by 80% of people).
05. Firefox Add-Ons allow you to customize and take control of your Web experience. Over 3 billion of them have been downloaded by users so far.
06. Mozilla is leading the way in online privacy with browser innovations like Do Not Track and Collusion that give users greater control of their personal data.
07. Our global community has helped translate Firefox into 89 languages, making the browser available to more than 95% of the world’s population.
08. In 2008, 8,002,530 people chose Firefox in a single day to set a Guinness World Record for “Most Downloads of a Software Application in 24 Hours.”
09. The Mozilla Festival is our largest annual event, bringing together hundreds of creative minds to realize the full power and potential of the Web.
10. Mozilla Webmaker works to create a more Web-literate planet, providing tools and projects to help people take greater control of their online lives.
11. The Mozilla WebFWD program helps open source innovators and entrepreneurs create products and solutions that empower users to push the Web forward.
12. The Mozilla Developer Network is a community-driven Web resource that provides the best documentation, tutorials and tools available to more than 2 million visitors each month.
13. Mozilla works to care for and preserve the Web as a shared public resource for the benefit of everyone.
14. In 2013, Mozilla is launching Firefox OS to unleash the full power of the Web on smartphones and once again offer control and choice to a new generation of people coming online.
15. The work Mozilla does is made possible thanks to tens of thousands of individual donors and volunteers — people like you who believe the Web should remain open and accessible to all.
I use Firefox and their add-ons and I support The Mozilla Project because I believe in a free and safe Internet for all around the world. Is a dream? Maybe. But if you stop dreaming and believe, it will become real.
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