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Mozilla Open Source Software The Almighty Buck

Mozilla Giving $1 Million To Open Source Projects It Relies On (mozilla.org) 68

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has been a big part of the open source community for a long time, and their main projects rely heavily on independent open source work. They've now announced the Mozilla Open Source Support program, which aims to give back to the projects they rely on, and to also reward other projects that make the community stronger. Mozilla has allocated $1 million to award to these projects — to start. This appears to be Mozilla's efforts to fix a problem we've become painfully aware over the past year and a half: huge portions of the modern web rely on critical bits of open source software whose developers have minimal resources. The company has already begun to compile a list of the projects they rely on. Hopefully it will inspire other organizations to support the open source software projects they rely on as well.
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Mozilla Giving $1 Million To Open Source Projects It Relies On

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  • Drop in the bucket (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 24, 2015 @10:48AM (#50793063)

    Nice of them to give 0.3% of their funding to projects they couldn't live without.
    They piss away more than this on considerably less useful projects.

    The cynic in me says that $1 million isn't far off the value of this as a purely PR exercise.

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Saturday October 24, 2015 @10:52AM (#50793071) Homepage Journal

    I hope that they'll give preference to projects that are minority friendly. Not giving such a preference would be tantamount to reinforcing the phallocratic caucasiopatriarchy that dominates the IT profession today.

    • by pr0nbot ( 313417 ) on Saturday October 24, 2015 @10:55AM (#50793081)

      As a left-handed disabled black Jewish ginger bi-trans BSD user, I demand you send me the aforementioned monies.

      • Are you currently female?
        • by pr0nbot ( 313417 )

          I reject your gender categories, oppressor!

          • Sorry, it was for scientific purposes. I was doing this:
            There are ~14 million jews in the world.
            7 million of whom are women.
            10% are left handed that makes 700K.
            If 13 percent are black it makes 91K.
            1.8% bi-sexual that makes 1638.
            20.8% are disabled that makes 340
            35.7% are obese that makes 585.
            (just multiplied those 2 numbers) 7.42% are obese and disabled that makes 121
            and 804 are either obese or disabled.
            Now I made myself feel bad with math.

            (using US stats because 40%+ of jews live in the US and a
  • by Anonymous Coward

    How about using that money to hire people that still remember how a browser should work?

    Just sayin'.

    • Why don't you go in and correct it? Afterall, that's the beauty of Open Source!

      • At a certain point that's no longer the case. Systems become too integrated and any mention of changing them is met with derision and ego.

      • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

        Simple. Mozilla has started becoming a closed monoculture that refuses changes because they'd rather add things in that the average person doesn't need. If you need any proof of that, compare firefox to palemoon(branch). FF is roughly double the size of PM, but the latter can do everything the first one does. And has a better memory footprint.

  • by bmajik ( 96670 ) <matt@mattevans.org> on Saturday October 24, 2015 @11:13AM (#50793155) Homepage Journal

    Instead of LibreSSL.

    Mozilla is big enough that they can have an opinion on how the web should work, and the web will move.

    They should dump OpenSSL and invest in a winner.

    • LibreSSL kind of hurt themselves at the start of the project when they said they wouldn't be making it cross-platform.
      I think it does work on every platform people actually use these days, but I think that is what scared people away from it initially.

      I agree with you though, LibreSSL is much more likely to end up secure.
    • by Njovich ( 553857 )

      This is just a list of software they rely on, not an opinion piece or a list of software they will fund. Are you saying they rely on LibreSSL? It's not like they currently use either one in Firefox.

  • MUA (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 24, 2015 @11:19AM (#50793171)

    I wish they would invest it in their MUA, (Thunderbird) - so it had good interactions with calendar and a good address book. Still fighting to get rid of Outlook here....

  • by iampiti ( 1059688 ) on Saturday October 24, 2015 @04:39PM (#50794479)
    I dislike the direction Firefox is taking as much as anyone but gotta congratulate Mozilla for this initiative.
    I'd be nice if companies which depend on other open source software did the same too (I'm sure many already do).
    Also, although I don't like it, I understand they got to make money to keep going and so I understand why they do things like the new sponsored squares in new tabs.
  • And Mozilla is probably one of the best examples. They used to make a browser, now they implement every miss feature they can find, from DRM over HTTP/2 to binary Javascript.
    Instead of saying, "We want a simpler web", they just continue on with layer after layer of complexity, making it harder for competitors to write their own browsers.

    Of course they also do great stuff like investing into codec research, however they more and more behave like any big company.

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