As I said in my Mozilla is changing blog post a week ago, we need to over-communicate. In the spirit of such approach, here are a couple of very important documents I’d like to share with the Mozilla community, users and partners:
Mitchell Baker’s post: Mozilla in the New Internet Era ▻http://blog.lizardwrangler.com/2011/07/14/mozilla-in-the-new-internet-era-more-than-the-browser — More Than the Browser. Excerpts:
“The browser is necessary but it is no longer sufficient. There are a number of reasons the Firefox experience needs to expand to fulfill the Mozilla mission.” (...) “the browser is no longer the only way people access the Internet”. (...) “mobile devices mean the entire hardware and software stacks are changing. As a result, the computers many of us use are more closed than they have been in our lifetimes.” (...) “It’s time to expand the Firefox experience to encompass the changing face of the Internet.”
A podcast with Brendan Eich ▻http://www.aminutewithbrendan.com/pages/20110721 : We (Mozilla) Fight For the User. It’s in audio format, which makes it a little hard for those whose English is a bit rusty. Luckily, volunteers have made a Transcript of ’A Minute With Brendan’ ▻http://piratepad.net/amwb-20110721. It is really thought-provoking! Excerpts:
“Our Mozilla mission obligates us to make the user sovereign over the user’s data and many aspects of the user’s experience, and to keep the web open and interoperable and innovative at all levels”
Because we’re not going to try just one thing, we’re not going to push only the browser, Firefox, onto the mobile devices - we’re also going to try reaching people through lighter-weight means. And then the open web app system is where we hope to make our mark by not just supporting Firefox, but letting open web apps work on all modern browsers.
These quotes are not just random thoughts of two of the most important people at Mozilla, but they expression of what they get from a very important document, written but Jay Sullivan and his team: the Firefox Vision Statement ▻https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/VisionStatement , that everyone involved in Mozilla should have read by now.