Web browser choice matters

Our lives are full of choices. Where to eat? What to read? Who to spend time with?

The choices we make determine the quality of our life, and how we see the world. So many of these choices we take quite seriously, weighing the consequences, thinking about the implications, and choosing carefully and thoughtfully.

So it’s strange, then, that the majority of people in the world haven’t ever considered the Web browser on their computer or mobile phone — that so many people every day use the browser that comes by default.

It’s an important choice because the Web browser has become one of the most critical and trusted relationships of our modern lives – with nearly perfect knowledge of everything we do. It is the lens through which we look at the virtual world, and the medium by which we connect, learn, share, and collaborate. The browser you choose is responsible for providing you with the necessary tools to manage your online life, and to protect your privacy and security.

And so we’re pleased to support the European Commission and Microsoft in also recognizing how important choice is. In accordance with a landmark settlement, if you’re using a Windows PC in Europe and you’re still using the default Web browser, in the coming weeks and months you’ll see a Browser Choice screen appear. That screen will provide you the opportunity to make an active choice in the source of the software that acts on your behalf to broker your online experiences, and meet your own unique needs and interests.

As an international non-profit organization, Mozilla has always believed that the freedom to make smart choices should be central to making the Web, and the world, a better place. This shows through with Mozilla Firefox, a free, open-source Web browser that more than 350 million people around the world have chosen to use every day. Values of choice and self-determination are built into everything that we do, including Firefox.

We believe that the Browser Choice screen is an important milestone towards helping more people take control of their online lives — and we hope for the conversation to become broader and deeper. We’ve set up opentochoice.org as one place for you to discuss what this choice means to you — and we hope that you’ll add your own voice to this conversation and those to come.

Whether or not you decide to keep your current Web browser, we encourage you to learn more about your browser and the impacts it has on the way you see the world, and to make your own choice.

Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Chair & John Lilly, Mozilla CEO


Support Namoroka, the national park. Then Manu?

Spread Firefox Affiliate ButtonMozilla reminds us that Namoroka is not only Firefox 3.6 codename, but most importantly, the name of a national park in Madagascar. In case you didn’t watch the movie, it is home of non less than eight species of cool lemur.

Mozilla is now driving a donation effort to raise $10,000 to help the lemur conservation efforts of the Madagascar Fauna Group.

It is easy to give: Mozilla will collect the money via Paypal, and give it to the Madagascar Fauna Group.

You can also grab a button to display in your web site or blog, or post this link to your favorite social network:


Is this a good time to propose Manu as the code name for the next Firefox release? Manu (ES) is the largest Peruvian National Park in the Madre de Dios and Cusco departments, near the city of Cusco, and home to several indigenous tribes, more than 20,000 species of plants and about 4,000 of animals, including this guy, known as cock of the rock or tunki (in Quechua language):


After all it seems it is time for a South American national park code name following Deer Park (1.5, North America), Bon Echo (2.0, North America), Gran Paradiso (3.0, Europe), Shiretoko (3.5, Asia), and Namoroka (3.6, Africa). There were also several pre 1.0 releases named after New Zealand suburbs. 😀

Women & Mozilla

It may suggest that being Mitchell Baker the head of Mozilla, there is no gender distribution issues within the open source community and Mozilla in particular.

It’s not the case however. Delphine Lebédel, a French Mozilla intern, explains: “The numbers I found astounded me: only 2% of women work in FLOSS communities, against more than 25% in proprietary software. In the development field, numbers are even lower: the percentage of Open Source women developers falls down to almost 1% (European Commission FLOSSPOL 2002-2005)”

Continue reading Women & Mozilla

Celebrate OneWebDay 2009

OneWebDay banner

Celebrate what the web is today: your communication hub, your way of expression, your hobby, your discovery playground, you name it. At the same time, help raise awareness on the importance on keeping One Web: for people of all languages, devices, nations, and conditions.

Get involved in any of several simple ways:

  • Post about it on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Hi5, etc. Make sure to use the tag #owd2009.
  • Grab a poster here, take a picture of yourself and post it to Flickr, make sure to use the tag #owd2009. Link to your picture here, and you may win a laptop bag!
  • Grab an image here, print yourself a T-shirt and wear it around, or print a mini poster and show it in your car
  • Donate to OneWebDay. Cold cash is also necessary.
  • Share this link to perform an Internet Health Check, where unhealthy means using Internet Explorer 6.

OneWebDay posters

Participate in Mozilla Service Week

This week is Mozilla Service Week, a call to the Mozilla Community to get involved with their local communities and help solve some kind of technical related problem: fixing a computer, a reinstall, installing Firefox, setting up a web site, fixing some images, troubleshooting, and a very long etc.

Mozilla Service Week banner

To know the impact of the effort, register your event/aid at Mozilla Service Week web site, share your story, inspire others. Then come back and report how much time you actually served.

Personally, I have finished crafting a brand new web site for a school in Surco, close to where I live here in Lima, and I will give a talk on Firefox customization tomorrow at Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal in the first CIDSOLI Install Fest, organized by the students’ open source community.