Linked by lemur2 on Sat 24th Dec 2011 10:05 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones After much speculation over whether Mozilla, the non-profit foundation, and Google, the search and advertising company, would renew their default search provision deal, Mozilla has announced that a new multi-year deal has been made. The deal will see Google continue to be the default search provider in the Firefox browser for "at least three additional years".
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how are they spending the money?
by mtzmtulivu on Sat 24th Dec 2011 23:56 UTC
mtzmtulivu
Member since:
2006-11-14

Everybody talks about how much money mozilla gets but nobody seem to want to talk about how they are spending it.

Mozilla is a non profit organization and this means all the money they get get used somehow and none of it goes out to anybody as dividends.

How are they going to spend all that money?

How many paid developers does firefox have?, how much are they getting paid on average?

How much does firefox pay to host its infrastructure? Firefox infrastructure is made up of what exactly and why do they cost as much as they do?

What other projects does mozilla manage?, which ones costs most and which ones cost least? why?

There are a lot of questions to be asked, lots of answers to be given but nobody online seem to be curious about this.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Maybe people don't ask about Mozilla, because the information is right there ?:

http://www.mozilla.org/about/mission.html

http://www.mozilla.org/grants/
http://www.mozilla.org/about/organizations.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla.org#Donations

http://static.mozilla.com/moco/en-US/pdf/Mozilla%20Foundation~*...

Have to admit I'm not very good at reading financial reports, but there are many people who can.

Basically, it is one of the few organisations which is trying to keep the web secure, open, accessible for everyone (probably some things I forgot, like privacy ?).

Which is something Google, Microsoft, Facebook and many others do not care about.

Here is an article on which new projects Mozilla recently started thinks they can (help to) achieve this:

http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/mozillas-3-bold-bet...

It isn't easy, but IE also had a more than 95% market share when Mozilla started.

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Codester Member since:
2008-10-24

Good question.
They give money to the Parrot VM project, which doesn't seem to have any direct benefits to them. Maybe they fund other open source projects withe their excess?? But there certainly is a possibility that money could be spent on things besides open source development, but hopefully they give a full accounting somewhere.

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