At the Southern California Linux Expo, Mozilla evangelist and board member Chris Blizzard gave a presentation on the future of Firefox. He discussed Mozilla’s long-term goals, demonstrated some of the impressive integration improvements that Firefox 3 will bring for Linux users, and also provided some insight into Mozilla’s recent efforts to bring Firefox to the mobile market.
Protecting the Web: Mozilla’s long-term goal, said Blizzard, is to “make sure the web remains a viable platform.” He spoke about some of the emerging changes in the Internet ecosystem and expressed concern about new technologies like Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe AIR, which he describes as proprietary stacks that threaten to displace open standards. Mozilla aims to guard the web against potential vendor lock-in by delivering truly vendor-neutral technologies that are accessible to all web users and developers.
Broad adoption of Firefox has placed Mozilla in a unique position for an open-source project, he says, and the organization is beginning to change the way that it operates so that it can expand its vision and make better use of its growing resources. The new mobile Firefox project and the ongoing work at Mozilla labs reflect the organization’s growing focus on bringing the freedom and standards support of Firefox to a new frontier and incubating new technologies.
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