What Is Happening With ‘Powered by Mozilla’

There has been an ongoing discussion about creating a Powered by Mozilla logo that people and organizations can use as part of their projects or products. We have been working on creating some guidelines to determine how the logo can be used and I wanted to post an update about where we are with this.

Guidelines need to be specific since we don’t want someone to be able to check out just one file from our repositories and then claim that their application is Powered by Mozilla. The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be an existing list of reusable technologies that the Mozilla community creates*.

Since a list doesn’t seem to exist, I took a pass at creating one. I’m pretty sure my list is incomplete or contains things that might not make sense, so I wanted to get some feedback. If you have suggestions about the following criteria or technologies, please comment on this blog or edit this wiki page.

Draft Technology Criteria

  • The code should be an official and currently active Mozilla project
  • The code should be included in an official Mozilla product or it should be packaged for re-use by other products

Draft Technology List

*There is the old Mozilla Projects page, but this is out of date and contains not just technology projects but also entire applications (like SeaMonkey) and community efforts (like the marketing project). MDC has a list of technologies on the home page, but this isn’t geared toward Mozilla code that others can reuse (for instance, SVG is a specification developed by the W3C and not a technology that the community has created).

8 Responses to What Is Happening With ‘Powered by Mozilla’

  1. Gen Kanai says:

    Good first pass.

    One interesting question is a project like Chrome, which uses WK for rendering but NSS and NSPR as well. Is that “powered by Gecko?”

  2. davidwboswell says:

    Gen, that’s a good point. If we include NSS and NSPR in the program then Chrome could say it is Powered by Mozilla — if Google wanted to do that is another matter :)

    This is also a good example of how widely Mozilla technology is being used. Although the choice of Webkit over Gecko has gotten attention, there are still Mozilla technologies that are being used in Chrome.

  3. Jordan says:

    Tamarin doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the list – it is the only one that didn’t originate at Mozilla, and Mozilla isn’t really using it in the way that was originally conceived but rather taking only bits and pieces for Firefox. It is maintained by Adobe on mostly Mozilla infrastructure, and it seems more like Mozilla is ‘Powered by Adobe’. I’d suggest taking it off the list.

  4. Philip Chee says:

    Can we use Powered by Mozilla for our Firefox/Thunderbird/Sunbird/etc extensions?

    Phil

  5. Steve Lee says:

    Hi David, I’ve just finished a project with Sheffield University and which will be publicly released soon. It’s a program for easy access to media and communications aimed at people with dementia but also has loads of applications with people with learning difficulties, youngsters, physical disabilities etc. I like using it too :-)

    I’ve been in contact with Jane Finette asking if you would like a Mozilla badge on the splash and ‘Powered by Mozilla’ makes perfect sense to me though we don’t meet your criteria. Note this is purely from the point of view of promoting Mozilla as I am an active evangelist and a11y team member.

    So the program is a FF plugin but only as that was easier than XUL Runner in the short time scales. The program runs fullscreen with it’s own UI, though includes as simplifed browser page (using nd the wonderful full zoom). It has additional advantage of getting Firefox on the computer and in front of users.

    Tech wise I use:
    XUL
    XBL
    JS
    JS Modules
    custom XPCOM C components
    SVG will follow
    Also includes a Python server to drive skype and communicate with the XUL code.

    For now I use the VLC plugin but hope will eventually make that redundant.

    So you see I think this is definitely ‘Powered by Mozilla’ but doesn’t meet your criteria

    Any thoughts?

  6. Steve Lee says:

    > For now I use the VLC plugin but hope will eventually make that redundant.

    That was VIDEO and AUDIO tags but i guess got HTML parsed

  7. davidwboswell says:

    I think it’s definitely important to figure out how extensions fit in with the Powered by Mozilla program. The current criteria are geared toward products that include bits of Mozilla code, but extensions don’t include code such as Gecko but rather run on top of it. Two possible options are to change the criteria or create another logo for extensions, such as “Runs On Mozilla”.

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