19:54 March 23, 2011

I have now been at Mozilla over a year. I won't pretend any of it has been easy -- even in things I have prided myself on doing well in, it is a continuous challenge to do more, better, effectively.

As you can tell from my recent slew of blog entries not to mention press all over the media, Firefox 4 came out yesterday. It was my first major launch at Mozilla and I can only say that I am impressed -- not only by the fact that everyting went real smooth, but also at reflecting upon all of the progress that has been achieved in the last year and how after the launch (the very day), a plethora of conversations ensued addressing so many of the issues that have been on my mind for awhile. Sometimes I'm really proud of us.

Another thing that really hit home with the launch is that Mozilla is a community. That is what it is. While the general reception by the tech press regarding Firefox 4 has been positive (our new CEO, Gary, has been most excellent in translating our values and what we do to a form that the press could convey. kudos!), there have been numerous articles predicting the demise of Firefox to Chrome and IE. Nothing new here. But having been here for a year and going through the Firefox 4 launch has given me a new understanding of why these articles are at most unimportant. We're not offering the same thing as what Chrome or IE or Safari are offering. We're offering community. We use phrases like "the open web" to describe what we want and -- truly -- our values are aligned with our words ... because they can be, because these are really why we exist. Not for profit. But while anyone can recite pretty buzzwords, we really do allow the internet to become something that is participatory in its construction.

We build the internet. We all do. At Mozilla, we work to raise awareness of how the internet works and how its not something that is written for you that you are just following some path on, but that you are part of. Since the launch, so much of the discussion has been about how to empower our community -- us -- to make the internet what they want. The process can be cold and prickly now, like with most open source projects of any size. But we believe in what we do. And we do it well. If you want to compare the nuances of technical characteristics of Firefox, Chrome, IE, and Safari, I would still say, objectively as I can be, Firefox is superior, but I could see other points of view. But we are the only one of these whose purpose is to build a better internet for you, for all of us.