Media coverage of Mozilla and its Firefox Web browser over the past week has largely focused on new CEO Brendan Eich and his 2008 opposition to gay marriage (in the form of a $1,000 donation to California's Prop 8 campaign).
The Mozilla Foundation will ultimately control the activities of the Mozilla Corporation and will retain its 100 percent ownership of the new subsidiary. Any profits made by the Mozilla Corporation will be invested back into the Mozilla project. There will be no shareholders, no stock options will be issued and no dividends will be paid. The Mozilla Corporation will not be floating on the stock market and it will be impossible for any company to take over or buy a stake in the subsidiary. The Mozilla Foundation will continue to own the Mozilla trademarks and other intellectual property and will license them to the Mozilla Corporation. The Foundation will also continue to govern the source code repository and control who is allowed to check in.
Have you ever wished that a website could notify you when something important happened, even if you didn't have the site open?
gI do suppose there will be a configuration item to unconditionally turn this crap off, right?Dan Callahan Right now, user-visible settings are on a per-origin basis. E.g., you can dismiss prompts with "never ask me again [on this site]." If you want to turn Push off altogether, toggle dom.push.enabled in about:config.
epk"Have you ever wished that a website could notify you when something important happened, even if you didn't have the site open?"Uggh, no, never. Nu-uh.But I do wish for a browser which continues to embrace dynamic functionality extension via XUL and XPCOM. And for a serious investment of developer time in Thunderbird and its underlying core. How about that?
The new Firefox Public Data Report will include information about yearly and monthly active users, how many hours per day those users spend with Firefox, how long it takes users to upgrade to the latest version, how many Firefox users install add-ons, which add-ons are the most popular and more. That data can be segmented by region and by the top 10 countries where Firefox is most popular.The data that's available in the report today goes back just over a year and Mozilla plans to update the site at least once per week. Mozilla stresses that this data doesn't come from some kind of real-time monitoring system but that it's aggregated and anonymized data from a subset of its users. Indeed, if you are a Firefox user, you can simply go to about:telemetry and see what data is sent to Mozilla.It doesn't come as a surprise that this data shows a downward trend for monthly active Firefox users, which now measure about 250 million, down from well over 300 million last April.
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