Jeff Beatty, Axel Hecht, and I are on a mini-Scandinavia tour / road-trip with the goals of strengthening our localization teams there and general community building. Jeff’s first stop was Reykjavik for a MozCafe, Axel and I joined him in Copenhagen for a Scandinavia Meetup, and now we are in Gothenburg. More on those stops soon. In the meantime, watch for us in Oslo and Stockholm and spread the word to your network in and around those cities to come along. Both events are public.
Earlier in April (4-7 April to be exact) I was in Istanbul to speak [slides] at Free Software & Linux Days at Bilgi University, the main FOSS conference in Turkey. I spoke their previously in 2010. This time I got great support from Mozilla Rep Selim Sumlu and we had a stand to show off some Firefox OS demo devices. I also had the opportunity to speak on a panel at a brief afternoon session at Bogazici University. One of the main reasons of the trip was community building, as Mozilla Turkey has been suffering in that regard.
So far this year it has been busy and exciting for me. So in reverse chronological order, here are some things I have been up to recently.
Briks Is 6
I meant to call out the 5 year anniversary last year but it slipped by as I was too busy. Six is better, it rhymes! I set up Briks Software this month 6 years ago. Briks is a Web Consultancy that specialises in all things Mozilla and sometimes beyond. We do Add-ons, XULRunner apps, bug fixes, mobile work, and more. We’ve worked on projects large and small, with big companies and startups. Briks is not a 1-person show, I like to call it a Mozilla Development Collective. I’ve had various folks come on board per-project over the 6 years and quite frankly Briks would not have been so successful without them. There are 2 people that I would like to give a special shout-out to. Chris Neale is the glue that keeps everything together, from the web site to design to graphics to listening to me ramble on Skype all day. David McNamara is a coder who can whip something up before you can say ‘digital drifter’. See his recent profile on Bonjour Mozilla!.
Here are the slides from my talk at Linuxwochen 2009 in Vienna this past weekend (pictures). Kairo‘s talk on the Open Web proceeded mine, so I focused more on high level content on Add-ons, Labs, and Mobile. Counting all 4 of those topics together, you get a pretty good feel for where Mozilla is now and in the near future.
The schedule is packed, and up just before me in the evening will be Robert Kaiser talking about the Open Web. If you missed Paul Rouget’s demos this week, I urge to to check them out. I’ll be focusing more on Add-ons and other areas and the discussion in both talks is sure to get interesting.