Posts Tagged ‘open source’

A Week of Milestones

In the spirit of an exciting successful week, I would like to congratulate our friends at SourceForge who have delivered their 4,000,000,000th open source download. That’s one of a few major open source milestones this week. That’s a lot of downloads.

Mozilla and the Future of the Internet

Having just watched Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s hymn for the planet, titled HOME – an ode to the planet’s beauty and its delicate harmony, it triggered some thinking on what’s going on in the world.

HOME is more than a documentary with a message, it is a magnificent movie in its own right and has an impact on anyone who sees it. It awakens in us the awareness that is needed to change the way we see the world. It embraces the major ecological issues that confront us and shows how everything on our planet is interconnected. Everything is interconnected.

How can we take this means of awakening, interconnection and global consanguinity to bring everyone together on the web? Can we accelerate an integrated worldview towards critical mass by opening a medium where people can see what happens when they are empowered by each other?

We all want to live in a better world, and many among us are working to make that world a possibility. Improvement is achieved through ideation, innovation, cultivation and application of solutions to problems. However, due to the blindingly complex nature of the problems we currently face, equally sophisticated solutions are required. These solutions are beyond the realm of any one person or small group of people. It is the globe that faces these problems and thus it is the global mind that must develop matching solutions.

There are now more links, websites, documents and files on the internet than there are synapses in a single human brain. Having reached into every attribute of human life, it is now steering the course of history.

It is estimated that over 1.5 billion individuals have access to the internet with user growth ever increasing in the developing world. Classified as the most capable and sophisticated tool ever developed by mankind, the internet represents the pinnacle of thousands of years of technological development.

Accelerating at rapid growth at blazing speeds in development, it affirms rather than conflicts with human identify. In essence, it connects us in real and personal ways to other human beings. With higher potential beginning to reveal itself, an opportunity is presented to forge a network which interconnects those who improve our world. We now have the means and the wisdom to implement a system that fosters world-changing collaboration amongst the people of this planet.

We are, without question, living in the most exciting time in human history. Human potential is expanding as technology continues to bring awareness to the great realm of our knowledge and understanding, the populace of our planet are beginning to awaken, en masse, to our true inner nature and our integrated relationship with the world around us.

As the world wakens to its indissoluble oneness, we still see an escalating disarray. Fears of governmental paranoia and terrorism run amok, global economic collapse looms, and of course the earth herself is exhibiting the symptoms of feeble health.

We are now at a crossroads. Despite all the incalculable knowledge available at our fingertips, we are unable to predict the days forthcoming. There comes a point when every new and competing idea is put to a test. If that idea is to be successful it must reach a critical mass.

How can Mozilla and the internet of tomorrow work to accelerate an integrated worldview towards critical mass by opening a medium where people can see what happens when they are empowered by each other?

– AaronMT

The Open Web with HTML5 Video & Firefox 3.5

Each day, it is becoming more and more evident that the Open Web and the technology of tomorrow is expanding and blossoming into beautifully crafted future Internet.

As Firefox 3.5 is rounding the track towards the finish line, I can’t help but put my personal focus on that of HTML5 video. Firefox’s implementation of the HTML5 video API accompanied with royalty-free codecs, fundamentally progress the movement towards bringing an open video to the web.

HTML5 video truly is fascinating stuff, as Mike Beltzner explains, gone are the days of static videos played on static pages. With HTML5 video, we can treat video’s  like web pages – which makes sense in a dynamic web.

These past few weeks, I have been progressively focusedeyetoeye with trying to dig deep and unveil any remaining issues and it has been fun.

It’s been a real treat observing the progression from design to implementation of this feature and can’t wait to see it ship with Firefox 3.5 and how it will grow in the near future.

Tomorrow is a MoCo company wide internal test of Firefox 3.5 Preview Release, let’s work together to iron out any hidden creases in HTML5 video, and across the entire board in order to bring forth the next iteration of the browser by the people for the people, they deserve it!


Aaron Train (AaronMT)