This is my report on my activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending July 6, 2007.

Projects for the week

Here’s a partial listing of what I and others did this past week:

  • Grants and related activities. Steve Lee completed phase 2 of his Jambu project to enable Firefox to work with alternative input devices; for more information see his report; he’ll now be starting phase 3 of this work. Aaron Leventhal submitted two new accessibility-related grant proposals for our consideration.

    Next action(s): Evaluate a funding request for sponsorship of a developer workshop (Mozilla-related but not Mozilla-specific). Work with the Foundation board to make a decision on other new grant proposals. Do a blog post summarizing our accessibility-related efforts (done), as well as a brief meeting report on CSUN and G3ICT.

  • IP/legal issues. With the help of Smokey Ardisson and Samuel Sidler, I tracked down some additional information needed by our lawyers to initiate trademark registration of the Camino logo.

    Next action(s): Get the Camino logo trademark registration formally submitted (done). Work with the SeaMonkey Council and others on appropriate policies for the SeaMonkey trademarks. Work more to get the contributors agreement moved forward.

  • Other. I spoke at the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science meeting in Atlanta GA, about the nature and importance of open source, our Mozilla and Firefox accessibility efforts, and how open source might affect the assistive technology industry. I also cleaned out the queues for various Mozilla mailing lists that I moderate, and wrote responses to any relevant non-spam emails.

For more information see the weekly status reports published by other Mozilla Foundation people:

Upcoming activities

  • I’ll be taking some vacation time the week of July 16 (postponed from the week of July 2).
  • I’ll be attending at least part of OSCON 2007 July 23–27.
  • I’ll be in Boston on July 30–31.

Random notes

If you recall, last week I tried out an online backup service, Mozy, and had some problems. I haven’t had a chance to work with the Mozy support folks to debug the problems, but I did try another backup and it went much better. I got on the order of 1Mbps upload rate on a FIOS connection capable of up to about 1.8Mbps.