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Open Source Mozilla The Almighty Buck

Mozilla Hands Out Open Source Awards (mozilla.org) 44

An anonymous reader writes: A couple months ago, we discussed news that Mozilla was planning to give back to the open source projects they rely on, to the tune of $1 million. Now, Mozilla has announced the first round of awards, giving out $503,000 in the process. The biggest payout, $200,000, went to Bro, who makes network monitoring software. They plan to use the funds to create "a public repository for sharing 3rd-party scripts and plug-ins." The Django project received $150,000, and they'll use it to "rewrite the core of Django to support (among other things) WebSockets and background tasks," and a few other goodies. Mercurial was awarded $75,000, which will go toward "better support for 'blame' (showing who last changed some code) and a better web UI." Also receiving awards were Read The Docs ($48,000), Discourse ($25,000), CodeMirror ($20,000), and BuildBot ($15,000).
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Mozilla Hands Out Open Source Awards

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  • Yet another organization desperately struggling to appear still relevant? Welcome to the club! You'll meet the many existing members like Yahoo.. and look, over in the corner, there's MySpace! (Ok, I'm forced to use Firefox on my work Linux system only because I don't have any admin priviledge to install anything else.)
    • Well, if you have KDE there is Konqueror
  • by Stormy Dragon ( 800799 ) on Friday December 11, 2015 @07:59PM (#51103173) Homepage

    A couple months ago, we discussed news that Mozilla was planning to give back to the open source projects they rely on, to the tune of $1 million. Now, Mozilla has announced the first round of awards, giving out $503,000 in the process.

    Oracle immediately created a fork where Larry Elison won all the awards.

  • I'm surprised that they even allowed an organization named Bro to participate given how offensive it is [slashdot.org].
    • Their making up for it in other ways such as their $15,000 donation to Buildbot:

      Their award will be used to remove the term "slave" from all documentation, APIs and tests

  • by Zontar The Mindless ( 9002 ) <{plasticfish.info} {at} {gmail.com}> on Friday December 11, 2015 @08:28PM (#51103279) Homepage

    I did not donate money to Mozilla back in the day in order for them to be able to spend six figures on PR. Fuck that noise. If they can afford that nonsense, they can afford to send me a refund. With about 15 years' interest.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I really hope a big chunk of the next wave goes to the Tor Project. Mozilla is getting a lot back in the way of security & privacy oversight through the Tor Browser Bundle, as well as a great showcase for how Mozilla projects are helping to liberate people in oppressed nations like China, North Korea, and the United States.

  • So they support project with a "offensive" name? http://tech.slashdot.org/story... [slashdot.org]
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Imagine how good firefo would be if Mozilla didn't waste its money. Hopefully Donald Trump will be elected and send the tax auditors after Mozilla.

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