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Entries for 2007

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/12/07

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending December 7, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/11/30

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 30, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/11/23

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 23, 2007. Note that this was a short week for those of us in the US due to the Thanksgiving holiday. ...

Directed giving to the Mozilla Foundation

Yesterday I posted information on the Mozilla Foundation's grants and related expenditures in 2007 to date, and concluded by briefly mentioning our intention to fund projects in more areas as we move into 2008. In connection with that, today we're announcing what I call a "directed giving" program for the Mozilla Foundation that allows you to donate to the Foundation and designate your donation for any one of a set of Mozilla-related projects. ...

Mozilla Foundation grants and related expenditures for 2007

I previously posted some information on the Mozilla Foundation's grants and related expenditures in 2006. Since then I've been expanding our internal database of information about such expenditures, and have now gotten to the point where I can provide the same information for 2007. I'll continue updating this post in the remainder of the year as we add new projects. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/11/16

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 16, 2007. ...

Seneca College and open source education

I spent October 25 and 26 in Toronto attending the FSOSS 2007 conference put on by Seneca College. I didn't attend the conference primarily to hear the conference presentations; my main aim was to talk with the people associated with two projects that the Mozilla Foundation has funded, namely the Mozilla-related educational activities at Seneca College and the Mozilla-related accessibility work at the University of Toronto's Adaptive Technology Resource Centre.

However as it turns out some of the presentations I saw had interesting connections with my Seneca and ATRC discussions. In this post I'll give my thoughts on how Seneca's efforts relate to the broader world of business and education. (Note that these are my personal opinions only, and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Mozilla Foundation or Seneca College.) ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/11/09

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 9, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/11/02

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 2, 2007. As in previous weeks, we've been working on projects not yet ready for public announcement; also I lost a lot of time dealing with medical issues and system problems. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/10/26

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending October 26. ...

Mozilla Foundation grants and related expenditures for 2006

As noted in a blog post by Mitchell Baker, yesterday we posted various 2006 financial documents for the Mozilla Foundation, including our 2006 Form 990, a 2006 consolidated financial statement for the Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation, and a FAQ on 2006 finances. The 2006 financial FAQ in particular contains some figures on Mozilla Foundation grants and related expenditures for 2006. In this post I wanted to describe in a bit more detail what activities the Mozilla Foundation funded in 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/10/19

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending October 19. I spent almost all of my time working on internal projects and projects not yet ready for public announcement; some of these will be announced soon. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/10/12

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending October 12. Last week we had a Foundation board meeting, and we're working on some internal (for now) initiatives coming out of that. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/10/05

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending October 5. As with last week, I spent a lot of the week preparing for an upcoming board meeting and working on other internal projects; some of these will be announced in due time. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/09/28

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending September 28. I spent a lot of the week preparing for an upcoming board meeting and working on other internal projects; some of these will be announced in due time. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/09/21

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending September 21. I spent a lot of the week handling internal administrivia. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/09/14

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending September 14. The major activity of the week for me was a trip to California for the monthly Mozilla Foundation board meeting. ...

Public draft of Mozilla Corporate Contributor License Agreement

Some time ago we started the process of drafting an agreement for use by corporations and other organizations whose employees contribute code and other material to the Mozilla project, and created bug 369879 to track this effort. After some delay (for which I apologize) we now have a draft of such an agreement ready for public comment.

In this post I provide a little bit of background to the proposed agreement (formally known as the Mozilla Corporate Contributor License Agreement, or the Mozilla corporate CLA for short). ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/09/07

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending September 7. I spent most of my time in preparation for an upcoming board meeting, so there's not much to report this week. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/08/31

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending August 31, 2007. Note that I've tweaked the format of these reports in an effort to make them easier to read. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/08/24

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending August 24, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/08/17

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending August 17, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/08/10

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending August 10, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/08/03

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the weeks ending July 27 and August 3, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/07/20

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending July 20, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/07/13

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending July 13, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/07/06

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending July 6, 2007. ...

Proposed Mozilla accessibility vision and strategy

For some time now the Mozilla Foundation has been involved in supporting efforts to make Firefox and other Mozilla products more accessible to people with disabilities; see for example my blog post on Mozilla and accessibility. This document builds on the ideas in that post to propose an overall vision and strategy for possible efforts to improve the accessibility of Firefox and other Mozilla-related software and the web in general. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/06/29

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending June 29, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/06/22

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending June 22, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/06/15

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending June 15, 2007. ...

David Boswell joins the Mozilla Foundation

As most of you know, the Mozilla Foundation (as distinct from the Mozilla Corporation) is a pretty small organization in terms of the number of people working for it. It's therefore a big deal when we increase our numbers, and I'm quite pleased to tell you that David Boswell will soon be joining our ranks. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/06/08

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending June 8, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/06/01

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the weeks ending May 25 and June 1, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/05/25

Due to lack of time and taking off for the Memorial Day holiday, I didn't do a public status report for this week; see the next status report for the week ending June 1, 2007.

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/05/18

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending May 18, 2007. Most of the stuff I worked on is not yet ready for public announcement, hence the skimpiness of the report. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/05/11

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending May 11, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/05/04

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending May 4, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/04/27

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 27, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/04/20

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 20, 2007. ...

In transition

It's been just over a year since I started working full-time for the Mozilla Foundation, and about a year and a half since the Foundation spun off the Mozilla Corporation as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Since that time we've engaged in a number of useful amount of activities at the Foundation; however I think it's fair to say that the Foundation has barely scratched the surface of what it can do. ...

Yuri's Night and space advocacy déjà vu

Recently I read a post on Chris Messina's blog about the Yuri's Night event at NASA Ames Research Center. It sounds like it was an interesting event ("Burning Man Meets NASA", as Daniel Terdiman of CNET referred to it), and this is one of those times I regret not being a twenty-something living in Silicon Valley. (I could have watched the webcast, but got distracted by other stuff.) Although I can't comment on the event itself (I'll leave that to others), I can provide a little historical perspective. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/04/13

This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 13, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/04/06

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 6, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/03/30

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending March 30, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/03/23

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending March 23, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/03/16

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the weeks ending March 9 and March 16, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/03/09

Due to lack of time I didn't do a status report for this week; see the next status report for the week ending March 16, 2007.

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/03/02

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending March 2, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/02/23

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending February 23, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/02/16

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending February 16, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/02/09

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending February 9, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/02/02

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending February 2, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/01/26

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending January 26, 2007. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/01/19

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending January 19, 2007. Note that this was an abbreviated week because I had to take some vacation time to handle matters related to our new house. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/01/12

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending January 12, 2007, as well as for the previous week ending January 5. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2007/01/05

Due to the holiday season my activities have been relatively light. I've therefore skipped doing a separate report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending January 5, 2007; see the report for the week ending January 12, 2007.

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/12/29

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending December 29, 2006, as well as for the previous week ending December 22. As with the week ending December 15, almost all of my time was taken up with internal matters. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/12/22

Due to the holiday season my activities have been relatively light. I've therefore skipped doing a separate report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending December 22, 2006; see the report for the week ending December 29, 2006.