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Corporate Sponsors[edit]

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Funding for the foundation comes from donations from corporations and individuals.

Is there a list of corporate sponsors? I heard Google and Nokia are "involved". A-giau 15:53, 26 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Filed this (implicit) request as mozilla.org bug report #329678 Zak Greant 22:46, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Funding[edit]

May also be worth mentioning the ten thousand the MF donated to OpenBSD for OpenSSH developement, which came from money earned through the Google search income. Janizary 23:43, 6 May 2006 (UTC)


MoFo?[edit]

Come on... is it REALLY sometimes abbreviated MOFO?--XMBRIAN 02:59, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Yes. With Google you can find examples of Mozilla employees using that abbreviation and an entry for MoFo in an acronym dictionary. -- Schapel 13:12, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

Alright, I'll put it back in then.--XMBRIAN 16:03, 13 August 2006 (UTC)

The use of 'MoFo' is restricted to a few insiders. It is not a common abbreviation - the top 100 Google results for 'Mofo' show zero results (other than this page). I've taken it out from the introductory sentence. Perhaps it could be mentioned later in the piece. Earthlyreason (talk) 05:09, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Logo and Godzilla links?[edit]

There's no section about the name Mozilla being a play on words on Godzilla? And the dinosaur logo? Where did the name Mozilla come from? --24.249.108.133 18:24, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Take a look at the Mozilla_(mascot) page. Earthlyreason (talk) 05:22, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Historic and current relationships[edit]

One thing that has never been clear (to me) is Mozilla's relationship to Netscape/AOL/Time Warner. Can somebody answer explicitly and unambiguously the following questions and add the info to the article?

  • What relationship does the current Mozilla Foundation have with Netscape (or any of its other former "parent" entities)?
  • Who provides principal funding for MF?
  • In what way were Netscape and Mozilla different entities prior to the founding of Mozilla as an NPO?
  • When Netscape originally released the browser code as open source, who was assigned the copyright to that source?
  • Is the relation of Netscape browsers to Mozilla/Firefox privileged in any fashion, or are Netscape's browsers simply a third-party modification to the Mozilla source?

Ham Pastrami 08:12, 3 July 2007 (UTC)


Historic and current relationships problematic[edit]

  • is is true programmers "gift" their code to AOL (=Netscape)??

[Page of Andcon http://www.courageunfettered.com/stuf/mozilla2/] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.6.31.73 (talk) 14:27, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

  • That article is from year 2003.
  • Mozilla Public License is a free software license allowing that -- although unlike BSD, it's copyleft, though weak.
  • You could say that they shouldn't gift their code to proprietary browsers, but then Time Warner would go back to using IE's rendering engine in their browser, thus giving an advantage to sites designed solely for Internet Explorer.
  • You still can drop any license when creating a derivative of a Mozilla tri-licensed product. IIRC, Flock is doing that.
--AVRS 17:46, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

Board size[edit]

The article says the board has 7 members, and then lists 6. Any word on who the secret illuminati representative is? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.172.93.221 (talk) 20:03, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

Secret illuminati? They only appear to have six members. They may have had seven at one time [1] and it appears their constitution allows up to seven [2] but one of the board members must have left and they never bothered to get another one (nor are they required to) so they only have six at the current time. Someone forgot to change the number when removing the name I guess Nil Einne (talk) 13:18, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Lucrative?[edit]

4 employees, and they're pulling in 66 million dollars per year? What happened to the notion of sharing the wealth...? They should set up offices in some beautiful picturesque tourist town, and add to the local economy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 205.201.218.65 (talk) 18:29, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

All the employees are paid through the Mozilla Corporation (100+ employees). Additionally the Mozilla Foundation provides funding for various open source projects. See Foundation grants and related expenditures for 2007 Kbrosnan (talk) 18:34, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

TimeWarner[edit]

Is the foundation owned by Time Warner? Because I think it's part of AOL. --172.206.85.126 (talk) 09:24, 26 April 2008 (UTC)

It is not. AOL did provide the foundation 2 million USD donation, released the trademarks and some physical assets to the fledgling foundation. Kbrosnan (talk) 18:42, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Four employees?[edit]

The infobox on this page says that the Mozilla Foundation has 4 employees. The history indicates that it has been this way for quite some time. While I can't find any source indicating that it doesn't indeed have 4 employees, I just find it very unlikely that a company of this much importance would have only 4 employees. --Sauronjim (talk) 03:07, 13 April 2009 (UTC) The article itself lists six members of the Board of Directors, as well as at least four other employees, which I would take to mean that the Foundation must have a minimum of ten employees. --Sauronjim (talk) 03:20, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

More references?[edit]

This article only has one reference. seems like some more details could be sourced. any takers? -Tracer9999 (talk) 16:57, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

International Affiliates[edit]

Would anyone be opposed to combining Mozilla Japan, Mozilla China, and Mozilla Europe into one article such as User:EvilHom3r/International_Mozilla_Organizations (or perhaps "Mozilla Affiliates")? I have also merged Mozilla Online into this article since it seems pointless to link to a one-line article. Mozilla Messaging could potentially be merged into this article too given its short nature. EvilHom3r (talk) 04:45, 1 August 2010 (UTC)