Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2008/01/25

This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending January 25, 2008.

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.

  • CAs and related issues

  • Public communications

    • David Boswell participated in a planning meeting for improvements to
  • Other

    • David is now in California and will be working out of the Mozilla office in Mountain View (once he gets settled).

Upcoming trips and events

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Printing subsystems unmaintained wrote at 2008-01-31 19:34:


I'd like to direct your attention to the fact that the printing subsystem of Mozilla Core has been practically unowned and unmaintained as explained in and because of this there are long running bizarre usability bugs like and

I think that it could be taken into account when considering foundation spending wrt grants/bounties. No one steps up from the community to take care of printing subsystem, so a paid developer time is clearly needed.

I hope this is the right place to post this...

Aleksander Adamowski wrote at 2008-01-31 19:54:

Regarding the previous comment, I think the best option for Mozilla Foundation would be to employ Roland Mainz (if he's still interested in Mozilla development):

He was one of the most valuable and active Mozilla printing subsystem and XPrint developers until around may 2005, when he apparently migrated to different activities.

The involved projects seem to have stagnated since then.

He's definitely able to help Mozilla with fixing some long running problems.

Frank Hecker wrote at 2008-01-31 22:04:

Other than Roland, who's currently active in the project who is closest to this area? Normally when we fund development we do it in coordination with the appropriate module owner or peer, in order to ensure that any work is in accordance with the technical roadmap for that area, and also to have someone to review and mentor the person doing the work.

Kiernan Holland wrote at 2008-02-03 22:05:

Note: Blender 3D has a Gameblender plugin in open source that has yet to work on firefox because nobody is maintaining the sources to this end. It would serve as a 3D alternative to flash, particularly on Linux where GNASH has yet to really support flash well.. I personally have to use Wine to run firefox to view flash content on Ubuntu, because flash on the native firefox client for Ubuntu stalls, especially with my personal MTV resurrection chann3lz.

Also if you know of anybody who would like to work on a movie editor for Ubuntu (or linux in general), the developers at canonical would likely be very interested. They are now pursuing the problem, and I've been suggesting the use of blender's sequence editor which has a level of post production capability comparable to Autodesk's Combustion. And better yet, it's already written.

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