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.

Projects for the week

Here's a summary of what Foundation-related activities went on last week; for more information about others' activities please see the weekly status reports published by David Boswell, Gerv Markham, and Zak Greant.

  • Grants and related activities. The Mozilla Foundation is making a second grant to the Mozdev Community Organization to support maintenance and enhancement of the Mozdev web site. (We made a similar grant last year.) Henri Sivonen completed the final milestone on his Foundation-funded conformance checker work.

    Next action(s): Evaluate a funding request for sponsorship of a developer workshop (Mozilla-related but not Mozilla-specific). Work with the Foundation board to make a decision on other new proposals.

  • IP/legal issues. I created a new version of the Mozilla domain name license application to correct the postal address for the Mozilla Foundation.

    Next action(s): Post the new domain name license application to www.mozilla.org. Work with the SeaMonkey Council and others on appropriate policies for the SeaMonkey trademarks. Work more to get the contributors agreement moved forward.

  • Web sites. Gerv Markham updated the Mozilla Suite start page to encourage users to upgrade to more recent products. David Boswell worked more on revising the Foundation section of www.mozilla.org.

    Next action(s): Continue work on www.mozilla.org.

  • CA-related. Gerv Markham worked on a number of pending CA applications for certificates to be included in Mozilla products.

    Next action(s): Start the process of revising the Mozilla CA certificate policy to take into account Extended Validation certificates.

Upcoming activities

  • I'll be in Mountain View on September 12 for a Mozilla Foundation board meeting.

Random notes

After a couple years of maintaining a customized web site and blog, I'm thinking about moving my blog to WordPress (which I already use for an unrelated blog), mainly because I'm tired of being my own systems integrator and (at times) developer for site functionality, and I'm happy to have someone else bear the burden of producing an integrated blogging software product.

I'm actually thinking about moving all the way to hosting the blog on wordpress.com (under a domain name like blog.hecker.org) so I could slough off even more system administrator duties. I don't have a lot of spare time to do bloggy stuff, and I'd rather spend it writing blog posts than installing new WordPress security updates and researching exactly which WordPress plugins the cool kids are installing.

I'll give everyone plenty of notice if/when I make the switch (which may not occur until this fall sometime). If I do migrate the blog I'll try to make it as painless as possible for people reading the feeds and linking to past posts.

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