Mozilla will be at Southern California Linux Expo (Scale13x) again this year with a booth so be sure to stop by if you live in the area or will be attending. This year the organizers have offered Mozillians a special promo code to get 50% off their registration simply use the code “MOZ” when registering!
Happy new year, friends!
2014 was both a phenomenal year for Mozilla while a wild ride for us as we waded through what seemed like hit after hit from the tech press but we fared well. We have much to be excited about this year we
announced Firefox for iOS, launched a refresh of Firefox’s UI, a Firefox Dev Edition, improved search options and we also launched phones with partners in more countries than I can count on two hands which makes us one of the most successful open source mobile platforms out there.
We also participated in 3000+ events worldwide and that is a pretty amazing feat in itself and I honestly do not know of many open source projects or companies that could come close to that figure. The fact is we had a really awesome year and all of our work is not done some of the things we started in 2014 will continue into 2015 and as exciting as 2014 was for us I’m betting we can do 2015 even bigger.
Remember Mozillians, we punch way above our weight and really are that David fighting Goliath and I think considering we will have a relentless focus on product next year the future for Mozilla is very bright.
Some of the things I look forwarding to working on next year:
- Continued improvement of Firefox ESR for our Enterprise, Academic and Government users
- Expand our presence at events that focus on Learning, Libraries (as in books) and serving underrepresented groups
- Have a Mozilla presence at events we would not usually be at (we need to reach new people!)
- Support Thunderbird in what will hopefully be a comeback year for the project
- Growing the North America Community by 10%
What is your Mozilla New Year’s Resolutions? Aim high!
What a wonderful all hands we had this past week. The entire week was full of meetings and planning and I must say I was exhausted by Thursday having been up each day working by 6:00am and going to bed by midnight.
I’m very happy to report that I made a lot of progress on meeting with more people to discuss the future of Firefox Extended Support Release and how to make it a much better offering to organizations.
I also spent some time talking to folks about Firefox in Ubuntu and rebranding Iceweasel to Firefox in Debian (fingers crossed something will happen here in 2015). Also it was great to participate in discussions around making all of the Firefox channels offer more stability and quality to our users.
It was great to hear that we will be doing some work to bring Firefox to iOS which I think will fill a gap that has existed for our users of OSX who have an iPhone. Anyways, what I can say about this all hands is that there were lots of opportunities for discussions on quality and the future is looking very bright.
Also a big thanks to Lukas Blakk who put together an early morning excursion to Sherwood Ice Arena where Mozillians played some matches of hockey which I took photos of here.
In closing, I have to say it was a great treat for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to come and perform for us in a private show and help us celebrate Mozilla.
This month marks my one year anniversary contributing to the Release Management Team as a Early Feedback Community Release Manager and I was not sure how the experience would turn out at first. I have really enjoyed the last 12 months working on our Firefox Nightly release.
At our last work week in Portland, one of the things I asked for was more responsibility surrounding our release and going hands on with more tasks and this month I will start working on our Extended Support Release (ESR) with Lukas. Additionally, One of my Q3 goals is to firm up some documentation and ideas around pathways and on boarding new contributors.
I really have to thank Lukas for this great opportunity and for experimenting with this new pathway and I hope the other teams will look at this example and find similar ways to integrate contributors into their teams.
In closing, I am looking forward to working on ESR since it is a channel that actually releases directly to end users versus continuing down the release train. I’m also looking forward to continuing to share ideas on how we can continue to release quality software to end users.
I have been aware of the Open Diversity Data project for awhile. It is the work of the wonderful members of Double Union and their community of awesome contributors. Recently, a Mozillian tweeted that Mozilla should release it’s Diversity Data. It is my understanding also that a discussion happened internally and for whatever reason a release of Mozilla’s diversity data did not entirely result although some numbers are available here.
Anyways, I’m now going to bring this suggestion up again and encourage that both Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation release individual diversity data reports in the form of some numbers, graphs and a blog post and perhaps a combined one of both orgs.
I would encourage other Mozillians to support the push for opening this data by sharing this blog post on the Social Media as an indicator of supporting Open Diversity Data publishing by Mozilla or by retweeting this.
I really think our Manifesto encourages us to support initiatives like this; specifically principle number two of our manifesto. If other companies (Kudos!) that are less transparent than Mozilla can do it then I think we have to do this.
Finally, I would like to encourage Mozilla to consider creating a position of VP of Diversity and Inclusion to oversee our various diversity and inclusion efforts and to help plan and create a vision for future efforts at Mozilla. Sure we have already people who kind of do this but it is not their full-time role.
Anyways that’s all I have on this…
This past week marked my fourth year of attending O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON). It was also my second year speaking at the convention. One new thing that happened this year was I co-led Mozilla’s presence during the convention from our booth to the social events and our social media campaign.
Like each previous year, OSCON 2014 didn’t disappoint and it was great to have Mozilla back at the convention after not having a presence for some years. This year our presence was focused on promoting Firefox OS, Firefox Developer Tools and Firefox for Android.
While the metrics are not yet finished being tracked, I think our presence was a great success. We heard from a lot of developers who are already using our Developer tools and from a lot of developers who are not; many of which we were able to educate about new features and why they should use our tools.
Attendees were very excited about Firefox OS with a majority of those stopping by asking about the different layers of the platform, where they can get a device, and how they can make an app for the platform.
In addition to our booth, we also had members of the team such as Emma Irwin who helped support OSCON’s Children’s Day by hosting a Mozilla Webmaker event which was very popular with the kids and their parents. It really was great to see the future generation tinkering with Open Web technologies.
Finally, we had a social event on Wednesday evening that was very popular so much that the Mozilla Portland office was packed till last call. During the social event, we had a local airbrush artist doing tattoos with several attendees opting for a Firefox Tattoo.
All in all, I think our presence last week was very positive and even the early numbers look positive. I want to give a big thanks to Stormy Peters, Christian Heilmann, Robyn Chau, Shezmeen Prasad, Dave Camp, Dietrich Ayala, Chris Maglione, William Reynolds, Emma Irwin, Majken Connor, Jim Blandy, Alex Lakatos for helping this event be a success.