Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/11/10

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 10, 2006.

Projects for the week

Here's a partial listing of what I and others at the Foundation did this past week:

  • Tamarin project. This was the major event of the week (alluded to in last week's report) and accounted for the bulk of time I spent on Foundation-related tasks. I did a Tamarin blog post, an Adobe-internal webcast for Adobe employees, lots of press interviews, and other writing and responses related to the announcement.

    Next action(s): Possibly one or two more press interviews, and then that should be it, at least for now.

  • IP-related issues. Gerv Markham worked with others to relicense the Rhino Java-based JavaScript engine under an MPL/GPL dual license.

    Next action(s): Continue working on trademark-related issues.

  • CA-related issues. I looked into an application from Trustis for root certificate inclusion in Mozilla. I also got up to speed somewhat regarding the current state of the Extended Validation certificate proposal; however Gerv is doing most of the work on this from a Foundation point of view, including leading a public discussion within the Mozilla project.

    Next action(s): Resume review of additional CA applications.

  • Grants and related activities. I have some accessibility-related proposals that I hope to announce next week; I'm still working on getting a couple of other new grant proposals evaluated and approved (or rejected).

    Next action(s): Get decisions made on the various funding and grant proposals previously submitted.

Upcoming activities

  • I'll be at Mozilla HQ in Mountain View November 14-16, as will Zak Greant.

  • Gerv will be out on vacation through early December, starting this weekend.

  • I'll be in Boston in early December for a meeting with Aaron Leventhal.

  • I may be out on vacation the week of December 4. (This is still tentative.)

  • I'll be in California (though not necessarily at Mozilla HQ) on December 12 and probably on December 11 and/or 13 as well.

This concludes the report.


Henrik Gemal wrote at 2006-11-14 01:47:

Hi Frank: Just wanted to say that it's great with these updates. This way people get some insight into what the Mozilla people are doing. Thanx for the updates!

Ian wrote at 2006-11-14 05:24:

Uh, not MPL/LGPL/GPL tri-license?

Frank Hecker wrote at 2006-11-14 11:44:

To Ian: The Rhino code isn't part of the main Mozilla code base, and permissions previously granted re relicensing don't necessarily extend to Rhino. We decided to take the conservative approach and just changed the existing NPL/GPL dual license to an MPL/GPL dual license; that is apparently sufficient to address the immediate need of folks who wanted to use the Rhino code. We'll revisit the issue in future if we need to.

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