July 15, 2003
Mozilla Foundation Launches

From the press release:


America Online Pledges $2 Million to Help Launch Independent Non-Profit
Industry Leaders Reaffirm Support for Mozilla

See also Mozilla's new home page.

This is a great day for everyone who cares about Mozilla, open source browsers, and the future of open source. Congratulations to the Mozilla folks who have persevered. Now, Mozilla's fate is under its own control. AOL has given it a good send-off so there is enough in the way of resources to get going, but it's going to need to gather more financial support from corporations and others for its long-term future.

I think there will be opportunities to move the browser forward strategically which I am looking forward to participating in.

I'm delighted to have the chance to serve as the founding Board Chair of the Mozilla Foundation and work with Mitchell Baker, Brendan Eich, and all of the other folks whom I'm looking forward to getting to know better. My day job will continue at OSAF. My Mozilla role is as a board member, not operating executive.

Mitchell deserves enormous credit for seeing this through. Thanks also to Bart Decrem for all of his efforts in pulling together the announcement and media relations materials. Bart will be continuing to help Mozilla, and Mitchell will continue to spend her time at both organizations (OSAF and he Mozilla Foundation).

Posted by mitch@osafoundation.org at July 15, 2003 09:29 AM

My response to the AOL layoffs is -- good news!

"So, paradoxically, it may be that it is in the best interests of mozilla (as a platform not a product) for AOLTW to reduce their funding of moz"

This is a quote from a post I wrote a year ago (http://tinyurl.com/h1nw) in a thread I started called "Scenario: AOLTW reduces subsidization of moz development" (http://tinyurl.com/h1mq).

Posted by: ralph mellor at July 15, 2003 04:21 PM

Thank you Mitch for your generous contribution to the Mozilla Foundation.

Mozilla now has the means to forge its own, individual path. Hopefully other companies will join in by donating money or kind.

I am hoping for the best, and will try to contribute what I can to the project (in kind).

Posted by: Jay Sheth at July 15, 2003 06:10 PM

Thanks Mitch!

But 2 million? University departments get larger grants thn that on a regular basis. I thought thats very weak for a company of AOL's size. Atleast though it could employ 10-12 programmers for 2 years..if it were used for nothing else.

Do make it simle(paypal, etc) for others to donate there littlee bit. And someone needs to be preparing a branded browser, maybe even to sell..

Posted by: Rahul Dave at July 16, 2003 06:27 AM

mitch gave 300.000 $ woot!

Posted by: marc anthony at July 16, 2003 11:02 AM