> On Nov 3, 11:15 am, Asa Dotzler<a...@mozilla.com
>> Jedi, can you point me to the specific Mozilla core principles that are
>> compromised by Mozilla trying to well support an additional software
>> platform? I'm reading the Mozilla Manifesto's Principles and Pledge, and
>> the Mozilla Mission Statement and I can't find them.
>> - A
> I believe the manifesto has references to general approval of open
> source and open development approach:
Yes. You're correct. And there's nothing in what we're doing with
Android support that is in conflict with open source, interoperability,
or a community-based process.
> * The effectiveness of the Internet as a public resource depends upon
> interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and
> decentralized participation worldwide.
> * Free and open source software promotes the development of the
> Internet as a public resource.
> * Transparent community-based processes promote participation,
> accountability, and trust.
And you assert that these principles are compromised when Mozilla puts
its resources into making the best possible experience it can on
Android? I'm not seeing it.
> The problem is not making Android well supported, but degrading
> support for more open platforms. Making Android the exclusive target
> for mobile efforts is not really promoting community based processes,
> collaboration, free software and so on.
There are no free lunches. We support the platforms as we have resources
to support well. If you want to maintain a XUL front end or even a
native front end for Meego, Mozilla will help you with build resources,
hosting, and even technical assistance, as we do for various other ports
like OS/2, OpenSolaris, or PPCMac. But there's nothing in Mozilla's core
principles that requires Mozilla put resources into advancing the cause
of every open source operating systems.
> Android is much more proprietary in nature, than real mobile Linux like
> Meego, Nemo and so on.
Yes, you're probably correct here. I'd also note that Windows and Mac
are much more proprietary than OpenBSD. Yet Windows and Mac are where
the users are and that's where Mozilla puts a large part of its limited
resources. That doesn't preclude those who support OpenBSD or Meego from
continuing to make Firefox available to those users.
> So I do believe Mozilla still considers promoting open source values
Mozilla promotes open source values. We are an open source project and
we build open source products. We even build open source products for
open source operating systems with very little relative market share
Yes, we have open source values and we believe those are not just
important but that they're critical to our ability to be effective in