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I'm coming to the end of my time working full time on Mozilla - long term employment beckons back in England. I've had a fantastic time out here in Mountain View, and I think I've achieved quite a lot.

Mozilla 1.0 is a reality, all the contributors are firmly behind the principles in the manifesto, and people are attacking the bug list. The performance graphs are going in the right direction - every day we load pages faster, bring up new windows faster and use less memory.

The web site has got less far. It's just been really slow going; every time I think we are on the edge of something, there's another hitch. A lack of Zope hackers hasn't helped, and I don't think we parallelised enough - because I always thought the time to parallelise was just around the corner, just after problem X is fixed.

The license stuff is progressing nicely (we are trying to move Mozilla from MPL or NPL to (MPL or NPL)/GPL/LGPL). We sent out the email requesting permission for the license change this week, and over half the 450 people mailed have already responded Yes, with only a tiny handful of Nos. It remains to be seen how many of those we can persuade to change their mind. I really think the licensing change is important, and I hope I can convey its importance to those few people :-)

The Calendar project was a late addition to the task list, but one of the fastest moving. From OEone getting the go-ahead to actual working code in CVS will have taken under two weeks, and we already have a community building around it. There's a great need for decent, cross-platform open source groupware, and I am certain we can leverage all the services of the Mozilla platform to provide it.

I've also found time for a bit of Bugzilla hacking, and general stave-off-the-next-crisis project management. All in all, it's been a great three months. Now I just need to work out how I can keep up all the commitments I have and take on a full-time job as well...

OK, so I need to add a note: The URL for adding new diary entries is It's taken me a year and a half to get around to posting here again...

I'm currently working full-time on Mozilla stuff as an intern with Netscape in Mountain View, CA. I'll be there until mid-November. Stuff I'm doing: licensing issues, the new website, and Mozilla 1.0 (whatever that means ;-) planning.

Cool :-)

I am an undergraduate at Oxford University, England, reading Computation (known to the rest of the world as Computer Science). I spend my spare time doing QA for the Mozilla project. One day I might even get around to building the code :-)

Has anyone else noticed that Advogato is rather hard to navigate? I guessed the URL to add this diary entry...

BTW, it would be great if you were interested in getting involved with Mozilla QA. You don't have to be a ninja coder, although most people reading this probably will be ;-)


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