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Expanding Mozilla’s Boards in 2020

Mozilla Blog - wo, 08/01/2020 - 21:50

Mozilla is a global community that is building an open and healthy internet. We do so by building products that improve internet life, giving people more privacy, security and control over the experiences they have online. We are also helping to grow the movement of people and organizations around the world committed to making the digital world healthier.

As we grow our ambitions for this work, we are seeking new members for the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation’s programs focus on the movement building side of our work and complement the products and technology developed by Mozilla Corporation.

What is the role of a Mozilla board member?

I’ve written in the past about the role of the Board of Directors at Mozilla.

At Mozilla, our board members join more than just a board, they join the greater team and the whole movement for internet health. We invite our board members to build relationships with management, employees and volunteers. The conventional thinking is that these types of relationships make it hard for the Executive Director to do his or her job. I wrote in my previous post that “We feel differently”. This is still true today. We have open flows of information in multiple channels. Part of building the world we want is to have built transparency and shared understandings.

It’s worth noting that Mozilla is an unusual organization. We’re a technology powerhouse with broad internet openness and empowerment at its core. We feel like a product organization to those from the nonprofit world; we feel like a non-profit organization to those from the technology industry.

It’s important that our board members understand the full breadth of Mozilla’s mission. It’s important that Mozilla Foundation Board members understand why we build consumer products, why it happens in the subsidiary and why they cannot micro-manage this work. It is equally important that Mozilla Corporation Board members understand why we engage in the open internet activities of the Mozilla Foundation and why we seek to develop complementary programs and shared goals.

What are we looking for?

Last time we opened our call for board members, we created a visual role description. Below is an updated version reflecting the current needs for our Mozilla Foundation Board.

Here is the full job description: https://mzl.la/MoFoBoardJD

Here is a short explanation of how to read this visual:

  • In the vertical columns, we have the particular skills and expertise that we are looking for right now. We expect new board members to have at least one of these skills.
  • The horizontal lines speaks to things that every board member should have. For instance, to be a board member, you should have to have some cultural sense of Mozilla. They are a set of things that are important for every candidate. In addition, there is a set of things that are important for the board as a whole. For instance, international experience. The board makeup overall should cover these areas.
  • The horizontal lines will not change too much over time, whereas the vertical lines will change, depending on who joins the Board and who leaves.

Finding the right people who match these criteria and who have the skills we need takes time. We hope to have extensive discussions with a wide range of people. Board candidates will meet the existing board members, members of the management team, individual contributors and volunteers. We see this as a good way to get to know how someone thinks and works within the framework of the Mozilla mission. It also helps us feel comfortable including someone at this senior level of stewardship.

We want your suggestions

We are hoping to add three new members to the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors over the next 18 months. If you have candidates that you believe would be good board members, send them to msurman@mozillafoundation.org. We will use real discretion with the names you send us.

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Will Kahn-Greene: Socorro Engineering: Year in Review 2019

Mozilla planet - ma, 06/01/2020 - 16:00
Summary

Last year at about this time, I wrote a year in review blog post. Since I only worked on Socorro at the time, it was all about Socorro. In 2019, that changed, so this blog post covers the efforts of two people across a bunch of projects.

2019 was pretty crazy. We accomplished a lot, but picking up a bunch of new projects really threw a wrench in the wheel of ongoing work.

This year in review covers highlights, some numbers, and some things I took away.

Here's the list of projects we worked on over the year:

Read more… (13 min remaining to read)

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Mozilla VR Blog: Mozilla Announces Deal to Bring Firefox Reality to Pico Devices

Mozilla planet - ma, 06/01/2020 - 14:59
Mozilla Announces Deal to Bring Firefox Reality to Pico Devices

For more than a year, we at Mozilla have been working to build a browser that was made to showcase the best of what you love about browsing, but tailor made for Virtual Reality.

Now we are teaming up with Pico Interactive to bring Firefox Reality to its latest VR headset, the Neo 2 – an all-in-one (AIO) device with 6 degrees of freedom (DoF) head and controller tracking that delivers key VR solutions to businesses. Pico’s Neo 2 line includes two headsets: the Neo 2 Standard and the Neo 2 Eye featuring eye tracking and foveated rendering. Firefox Reality will also be released and shipped with previous Pico headset models.

Mozilla Announces Deal to Bring Firefox Reality to Pico Devices

This means anytime someone opens a Pico device, they’ll be greeted with the speed, privacy, and great features of Firefox Reality.

Firefox Reality includes the ability to sync your Firefox Account enabling you to send tabs, sync history and bookmarks, making great content easily discoverable. There’s also a curated section of top VR content, so there’s always something fresh to enjoy.

“We are pleased to be partnered with Pico to bring Firefox Reality to their users, especially the opportunity to reach more people through their large Enterprise audience,” says Andre Vrignaud, Head of Mixed Reality Platform Strategy at Mozilla. “We look forward to integrating Hubs by Mozilla to bring fully immersive collaboration to business.”

As part of Firefox Reality, we are also bringing Hubs by Mozilla to all Pico devices. In Hubs, users can easily collaborate online around virtual objects, spaces, and tasks - all without leaving the headset.

The virtual spaces created in Hubs can be used similarly to a private video conference room to meet up with your coworkers and share documents and photos, but with added support for all of your key 3D assets. You can fully brand the environment and avatars for your business, and with web-based access the meetings are just a link away, supported on any modern web browser.

Firefox Reality will be available on Pico VR headsets later in Q1, 2020. Stay tuned to our mixed reality blog and twitter account for more details.

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Ryan Harter: Syncthing

Mozilla planet - zo, 05/01/2020 - 09:00

I did a lot of reading and exploring over my holiday break. One of the things I'm most excited about is finding Syncthing. If you haven't seen it yet, take a look. It's like and open-source decentralized Dropbox.

It works everywhere, which for me means Linux and Android. Google Drive …

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Ryan Harter: Syncthing and Open Source Data Collection

Mozilla planet - zo, 05/01/2020 - 09:00

I don't see many open source packages collecting telemetry, so when Syncthing asked me to opt-in to telemetry I was intrigued.

I see a lot of similarities between how Syncthing and Firefox collects data. Both collect daily pings and make it easy to view the data you're submitting (in Firefox …

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Cameron Kaiser: TenFourFox FPR18 available (and the classic MacOS hits Y2K20)

Mozilla planet - zo, 05/01/2020 - 05:38
TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 18 final is now available for testing (downloads, hashes, release notes). There are no other changes from the beta other than to update the usual certs and such. As usual, assuming no late-breaking critical bugs, it will become final Monday evening Pacific time.

Meanwhile, happy new year: classic Mac systems prior to Mac OS 9 are now hit by the Y2K20 bug, where you cannot manually use the Date and Time Control Panel to set the clock to years beyond 2019 (see also Apple Technote TN1049). This does not affect any version of MacOS 9 nor Classic on OS X, and even affected versions of the classic MacOS can still maintain the correct date until February 6, 2040 at 6:28:15 AM when the unsigned 32-bit date overflows. If you need to set the date on an older system or 68K Mac, you can either use a CDEV like Network Time, which lets you sync to a network time source or a local server if you have one configured (as I do), or you can use Rob Braun's SetDate, which allows you to manually enter a date or time through the entire supported range (and even supports System 6).

One other note is that all HFS+ volumes regardless of operating system version have the same year 2040 limit on dates -- that includes Intel Macs using HFS+ filesystems. You have 20 years to think about how you want to fix this (during which you should replace the PRAM batteries in your classic Macs, too).

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Daniel Stenberg: Restored complete curl changelog

Mozilla planet - za, 04/01/2020 - 09:25

For a long time, the curl changelog on the web site showed the history of changes in the curl project all the way back to curl 6.0. Released on September 13 1999. Older changes were not displayed.

The reason for this was always basically laziness. The page in its current form was initially created back in 2001 and then I just went back a little in history and filled up with a set of previous releases. Since we don’t have pre-1999 code in our git tree (because of a sloppy CVS import), everything before 1999 is a bit of manual procedure to extract so we left it like that.

Until now.

I decided to once and for all fix this oversight and make sure that we get a complete changelog from the first curl release all the way up until today. The first curl release was called 4.0 and was shipped on March 20, 1998.

Before 6.0 we weren’t doing very careful release notes and they were very chatty. I got the CHANGES file from the curl 6.0 tarball and converted them over to the style of the current changelog.

Notes on the restoration work

The versions noted as “beta” releases in the old changelog are not counted or mentioned as real releases.

For the released versions between 4.0 and 4.9 there are no release dates recorded, so I’ve “estimated” the release dates based on the knowledge that we did them fairly regularly and that they probably were rather spread out over that 200 day time span. They won’t be exact, but close enough.

Complete!

The complete changelog is now showing on the site, and in the process I realized that I have at some point made a mistake and miscounted the total number of curl releases. Off-by one actually. The official count now says that the next release will become the 188th.

As a bonus from this work, the “releaselog” page is now complete and shows details for all curl releases ever. (Also, note that we provide all that info in a CSV file too if you feel like playing with the data.)

There’s a little caveat on the updated vulnerability information there: when we note how far vulnerabilities go, we have made it a habit to sometimes mark the first vulnerable version as “6.0” if the bad code exists in the first ever git imported code – simply because going back further and checking isn’t easy and usually isn’t worth the effort because that old versions are not used anymore.

Therefore, we will not have accurate vulnerability information for versions before 6.0. The vulnerability table will only show versions back to 6.0 for that reason.

Many bug-fixes

With the complete data, we also get complete numbers. Since the birth of curl until version 7.67.0 we have fixed exactly 5,664 bugs shipped in releases, and there were exactly 7,901 days between the 4.0 the 7.67.0 releases.

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Daniel Stenberg: curl receives 10K USD donation

Mozilla planet - vr, 03/01/2020 - 14:38

The largest ever single-shot monetary donation to the curl project just happened when indeed.com graciously boosted our economy with 10,000 USD. (It happened before the new year but as I was away then I haven’t had the chance to blog about it until now.)

curl remains a small project with no major financial backing, with no umbrella organization (*) and no major company sponsorships.

Indeed’s FOSS fund

At Indeed they run this awesome fund for donating to projects they use. See Duane O’Brien’s FOSDEM 2019 talk about it.

How to donate to curl

curl is not a legal, registered organization or company or anything that can actually hold on to assets such as money. In any country.

What we do have however, is a “collective” over at Open Collective. Skip over there to make monetary donations. Over there you also get a complete look into previous donations with full transparency as to what funds we have and spend in the project.

Money donated to us will only be spent on project related activities.

Other ways to donate to the project is of course to donate time and effort. Allow your employees to help out or spend your own time at writing code, fixing bugs or extend the documentation. Every little bit helps and will be appreciated!

curl sponsors

curl is held upright and pushing forward much thanks to the continuous financial support from champion companies. The primary curl sponsors being Haxx, wolfSSL, Fastly and Teamviewer.

The curl project’s use of donated money

We currently have two primary expenses in the project that aren’t already covered by sponsors:

The curl bug bounty. We’ve already discussed internally that we should try to raise the amounts we hand out as rewards for the flaws we get reported going forward. We started out carefully since we didn’t want to drain the funds immediately, but time has shown that we haven’t received so many reports and the funds are growing. This means we will raise the rewards levels to encourage researchers to dig deeper.

The annual curl up developers conference. I’d like us to sponsor top contributors’ and possibly student developers’ travels to enable a larger attendance – and a social development team dinner! The next curl up will take place in Berlin in May 2020.

(*) = curl has previously applied for membership in both Software Freedom Conservancy and Linux Foundation as they seemed like suitable stewards, but the first couldn’t accept us due to work load and the latter didn’t even bother to respond. It’s not a big bother, just reality.

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Karl Dubost: Week notes - 2020 w01 - worklog - First week

Mozilla planet - vr, 03/01/2020 - 09:00

After 10+ days of holidays, the first morning is going through the pile of bugs and emails. I had cleaned my desk before leaving for holidays on December 21. So starting this morning was like a fresh breeze. I'm on diagnosis rotation. Let's discover the effect of holidays on the pile. I'm pleasantly surprised. Ah I see! Ksenia did the hard work. Cool.

Diagnosis Bang!

The webcompat-bot was not only suspended by GitHub, but also all the issues with it in the repo. It means hours of work just gone. We probably need to prepare for this again. And we need to have a reliable backup of all issues (and comments) and probably events, labels, etc.

Basically we need a static version of the issues we have been working on.

In the meantime we are keeping track of the events in a detailed incident report (non public) and some information in public. We also deployed a landing page for webcompat.com/issues/new.

Once we know what it was about I would detail a bit more things.

Reading Thoughts
  • 2020 poney wish: a container tab profile, where i can deactivate/activate some addons and allow only specific domains

Otsukare!

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The Rust Programming Language Blog: Reducing support for 32-bit Apple targets

Mozilla planet - vr, 03/01/2020 - 01:00

The Rust team regrets to announce that Rust 1.41.0 (to be released on January 30th, 2020) will be the last release with the current level of support for 32-bit Apple targets. Starting from Rust 1.42.0, those targets will be demoted to Tier 3.

The decision was made on RFC 2837, and was accepted by the compiler and release teams. This post explains what the change means, why we did it, and how your project is affected.

What’s a support tier?

The Rust compiler can build code targeting a lot of platforms (also called “targets”), but the team doesn't have the resources or manpower to provide the same level of support and testing for each of them. To make our commitments clear, we follow a tiered support policy (currently being formalized and revised in RFC 2803), explaining what we guarantee:

  • Tier 1 targets can be downloaded through rustup and are fully tested during the project’s automated builds. A bug or a regression affecting one of these targets is usually prioritized more than bugs only affecting platforms in other tiers.

  • Tier 2 targets can also be downloaded through rustup, but our automated builds don’t execute the test suite for them. While we guarantee a standard library build (and for some of them a full compiler build) will be available, we don’t ensure it will actually work without bugs (or even work at all).

  • Tier 3 targets are not available for download through rustup, and are ignored during our automated builds. You can still build their standard library for cross-compiling (or the full compiler in some cases) from source on your own, but you might encounter build errors, bugs, or missing features.

Which targets are affected?

The main target affected by this change is 32-bit macOS (i686-apple-darwin), which will be demoted from Tier 1 to Tier 3. This will affect both using the compiler on 32-bit Mac hardware, and cross-compiling 32-bit macOS binaries from any other platform.

Additionally, the following 32-bit iOS targets will be demoted from Tier 2 to Tier 3:

  • armv7-apple-ios
  • armv7s-apple-ios
  • i386-apple-ios

We will continue to provide the current level of support for all Apple 64bit targets.

Why are those targets being demoted?

Apple dropped support for running 32-bit binaries starting from macOS 10.15 and iOS 11. They also prevented all developers from cross-compiling 32-bit programs and apps starting from Xcode 10 (the platform’s IDE, containing the SDKs).

Due to those decisions from Apple, the targets are no longer useful to our users, and their choice to prevent cross-compiling makes it hard for the project to continue supporting the 32-bit platform in the long term.

How will this affect my project?

If you don’t build 32-bit Apple binaries this change won’t affect you at all.

If you still need to build them, you’ll be able to continue using Rust 1.41.0 without issues. As usual the Rust project will provide critical bugfixes and security patches until the next stable version is released (on March 12th, 2020), and we plan to keep the release available for download for the foreseeable future (as we do with all the releases shipped so far).

The code implementing the targets won’t be removed from the compiler codebase, so you’ll also be able to build future releases from source on your own (keeping in mind they might have bugs or be broken, as that code will be completly untested).

What about the nightly channel?

We will demote the targets on the nightly channel soon, but we don't have an exact date for when that will happen. We recommend pinning a nightly version beforehand though, to prevent rustup toolchain install from failing once we apply the demotion.

To pin a nightly version you need to use "nightly" followed by the day the nightly was released, as the toolchain name. For example, to install the nightly released on December 1st, 2019 and to use it you can run:

rustup toolchain install nightly-2019-12-01 # Default to this nightly system-wide... rustup default nightly-2019-12-01 # ...or use this nightly for a single build cargo +nightly-2019-12-01 build
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