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Mozilla the Corporation August 4, 2005 – 10:11 a.m. – Permalink

On August 3rd, 2005, the Mozilla Foundation, a non–profit public benefit software development organization, launched a wholly owned subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. The Mozilla Corporation is a taxable subsidiary that serves the non–profit, public benefit goals of its parent, the Mozilla Foundation, and will be responsible for product development, marketing and distribution of Mozilla products.

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Since the advent of Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Foundation itself of 2004, there have been many suggestions as to which direction the non–profit organization would take. Now, it is clear.

Yesterday the Mozilla Foundation announced its reorganization into the new Mozilla Corporation. All but five employees are supposed to switch to the corporation. What does this new change mean for us designers and the general browsing public?

Absolutely nothing, for the short term.

The increased popularity of Firefox has startled Microsoft, and developers for Internet Explorer 7 hope to bring back those surfers who have abandoned the browser packaged with Windows XP back in 2001. Currently, Mozilla Firefox has had over 75,000,000 downloads (seventy–five million!!) and the website Spread Firefox receives innumerable amounts of hits every day.

Firefox logo.

There is even a “Sunday Smackdown” on CNET where users vote whether the current version of Firefox or the Internet Explorer 7 Beta is better. Last time I checked, 90.4% voted Firefox to be the better browser. It should be remembered that some critics (see comments on same page) say it is too early to determine which is better. We’ll just have to see.

In the coming years, who knows where Mozilla Corporation will take us?

Folks, here’s those astounding figures again, plus some others:
75,000,000+ downloads.
90.4% voted Firefox to be the better browser.
8% to 10% usage share for Firefox as of April 2005.
30.5% of Finland’s computer users use Firefox.
19.9% of New Zealand’s computer users use Firefox.

In other news Microsoft has unveiled the new name for the operating system code–named “Longhorn” since a long time ago — here it is, Windows Vista. And as said in Event Horizon, we all hope the name of the tenth planet isn’t Vista.