The Flying Mozilla

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Mitchell is really the trapeze expert, I’ve only had the experience of doing trapeze twice, once at ClubMed at Turks & Caicos, and the other time here in Cancun.

This time I was able to do a knee hang “catch” hawk-style. I tried doing a “heels-off” but wasn’t able to do the catch. So the photo above is the split second that’s not supposed to happen where I’m supposed to be just hanging from Chucho’s arms (versus still hanging from the other bar with my knees). It’s a pretty cool photo.

Anyway, here’s the rest of the slideshow of my trapeze efforts. It’s a pretty fun sport(?)/activity. The thrill of flying and twisting in the air is pretty neat. Apparently there’s places like Trapeze Arts in Oakland where I could go to school for this.

Inside Firefox 1.0.3

Seeing the dedication of the Mozilla community (which you and I are a part) with the Firefox 1.0.3 and Mozilla 1.7.7 release, first hand is just amazing. It’s not new as we’ve been doing this for quite some time, but it’s always, always awesome to see.

People’s Friday evening plans are rescheduled, weekend plans, working with folks (as is usual) from all over the world whether it’s Germany, Japan, too many countries to list.

The press won’t see this dedication or maybe they will. Maybe they’ll see all the different people involved from top companies and top community members working on the issues. Maybe they’ll see the feedback loop and the high quality standards we’ve set for our products. Maybe they’ll see that when we say we are passionate about security, we mean it. Maybe they’ll see the fast response time and think of some of the personal sacrifices.

We do our best to work with the press to get the word out to make sure users get the latest security updates. It’s tough when the press makes a story out of it instead of making it a public service announcement. The press may go in and compare us to MSFT (it’s always favorable) but still not what the focus should be. Or they’ll be completely off the mark trying to explain JavaScript engine memory heap vulnerability in their own words, but lately they’ve been pretty good.

Going forward, Firefox’s update mechanism will be the primary mechanism for notifying users of updates versus also using a full on media blitz to get the word out that an update is available. Press releases for security updates seem to cause confusion so we’ve been going with a security Q&A that we give to reporters that has some better clarification.

MiniMo(zilla) coming to a cell phone near you

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I thought Asa was going to beat me to the punch with these photos. Here are a couple of photos of MiniMo on a cell phone and PDA taken on my camera by Doug or Asa, not sure who. Anyhow, it’s very cool and can’t wait for us (well, dougt) to get this out to people. A very rich browser experience on a PDA or cell phone is going to be interesting for both content developers and consumers. The form factor of cell phones and PDAs definitely presents a challenge, but you can see it’s not too shabby in these two photos. Having access to the web via these devices is convenient and may prove invaluable.
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**Update**
Even more photos of MiniMo in action. Just in case you can’t get enough…

**Another Update**
MiniMo project can be found here: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/minimo/

It’s a stripped down browser only product ala Firefox. This is a Windows CE port and also works on Familiar Linux and Symbian. Maybe others on the way, not sure. This is based on Gecko 1.8 off the trunk so fairly recent.

Firefox and Thunderbird Deployment Resources

This is an unofficial draft and set of links and instructions for deploying Firefox and Thunderbird. Note that companies are already deploying Firefox and Thunderbird and others are writing up the documentation and building the tools out to support it. I’ll be consolidating the resources here, and then publish on mozilla.org when ready.

Also note that Mozilla.org is focused on end user consumers (home users) and we are NOT at this time doing enterprise customer support or deployments. Supporting enterprises is HARD because everyone does something a little different and want x or y feature or x level of support. That takes up a lot of resources and we’ll need to rely on consultants, and internal IT staff, etc. who already do this.

That said, there are features in Firefox and Thunderbird that are enterprise friendly and companies that are large enough have the resources to support themselves in deployment. Certainly other companies are able to provide customer and deployment support.

  • Lock settings such as homepage, proxy and many others in Firefox
  • Set defaults on many settings within Firefox
  • Create a profile on user first usage
  • And feature list ever growing (already on way to same feature-completeness as IE’s Group Policy setting features)
  • Firefox .msi builds (for testing only, give me feedback)
  • More tools and documentation to come.