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Tails Hackfest 2014

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Our dear Geb (https://mozillians.org/u/geb/) asked me to share with you this fantastic event. And so do I, with pleasure!

 

Join us at the Tails HackFest, 2014!
July 5-6, 2014 — Paris, France

 

  • Description and goals

Join us to make online anonymity and digital privacy usable by the masses! Whether you’re a writer, a software developer, a designer, a system administrator or just plain interested, come learn about the challenges faced by Tails, and how you can be part of the solution.

The Tails HackFest will bring together anyone interested in making Tails more usable and more secure. This open event will be an intense mix of teaching, drawing, coding, sharing, learning and celebrating.

 

  • Logistics

* Where: the venue for the event is IRILL, Paris, France (https://www.irill.org/about/information-for-guests).

* Dates: Saturday, July 5, 2014 – Sunday, July 6, 2014

* Time: 10 AM – 10 PM

* Registration: if you want to attend, please consider dropping us a note about it. This is optional, but would help organizing
this event.

* Contact: <tails-hackfest-2014@boum.org>, #tails-hackfest on irc.oftc.net

* Details, scheduling and updates: https://tails.boum.org/blueprint/HackFest_2014_Paris/

 

  • What is Tails?

Tails is a live operating system that can be started on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It is Free Software, and based on Debian GNU/Linux.

Tails provides a platform to solve many surveillance problems by "doing the right thing" out of the box by default, protecting even less tech-savvy users from the most likely and highest impact risks.

It aims at preserving privacy and anonymity, and helps to:

* use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
* leave no trace on the computer being used unless the user asks it explicitly;
* use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt files, emails and instant messaging.

Tails is about usability: every feature and software is ready-to-use, thoroughly documented, and translated into many languages.

Tails is about cooperation: all products are released as Free and Open Source Software, and shared with other projects whenever possible.

People use Tails to write books and create movies. People use Tails to chat off-the-record, browse the web anonymously and share sensitive documents. Many people depend on Tails to do their daily work, if not simply to stay alive.

Looking forward to meet you on July 5-6! No doubt you’ll find a great way to contribute to Tails, regardless of what your field of expertise is!

 

  • Host and sponsors

Many thanks to Debian, IRILL, Mozilla and the Tor project for supporting this event!

Fosdem 2014: call for proposals

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Hi all !

Fosdem is coming… and I’m sure you wouldn’t miss it!

Why ? Because Fosdem (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting) is simply one of the greatest events in Europe around free and open source software development: it is THE place to be, to know everything which is happening about FLOSS, to meet people… and to have fun!
Fosdem is held, during the first weekend of February, in Brussels (Belgium), a very nice city, with the best fries you could ever eat ;-) And also some fantastic beers (for those who like it), and some great museums (like the one dedicated to Magritte, a fabulous Belgian painter), and a lot of funny things (like the Manneken Pis, you HAVE to discover it!)…

As usual, Mozilla will have a Developer Room. And, as usual, it’s going to be packed.

But, unfortunately, and what is not usual, we will have the room for ONE DAY only. Because Fosdem is so successful, organizers had to give rooms to more and more topics.

So this year, we deeply encourage you to propose some talks to the other rooms (you can find them here : https://fosdem.org/2014/schedule/tracks/), in order to have as many Mozillians as possible at the Fosdem ! And not only in our room.
If you are interested in giving a talk only in the Mozilla room, please add it to this PAD : https://etherpad.mozilla.org/fosdem2014-talks before 2013-12-20.
You can also propose a talk you would like to attend, and we’ll try to find a speaker! Please, do it in the same PAD, in the second section : https://etherpad.mozilla.org/fosdem2014-talks

We really would like some talks from both Mozilla contributors and employees. So don’t hesitate to be two speakers, one employee, and one contributor.

All contributors who are selected to be official speakers in the Mozilla DevRoom will be eligible for travel and hotel sponsorship.
Please make sure to list your contact info (Mozillian page, or mail address) in the PAD, so we can reach you easily if your talk is accepted.

And of course, feel free to propose any kind of talks, even crazy talks, brand new ones, etc. We hope to receive a lot of proposals or suggestions to make this Fosdem be a success with you!

Cheers!

Pre Summit: my report

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Thanks again to Matt and FredB for the translation !

When I told you June was active in terms of events in the new Mozilla office in Paris, I was not joking… With the opening week hardly over, a new event was taking place: the Pre Summit.

Next October, Mozilla is holding a "Summit": a gathering of Mozillians from all over the world. The previous Summit took place in Canada in 2010. Since then there have been no Summits, but instead "Mozcamps" on separate continents. The reason for this is simple: the exponential growth of the Community has continued non-stop in recent years.

But Mozilla really wants an opportunity for its contributors and employees to meet, with all the continents intermingled. Thus the organization of a new Summit! Except, since the Community has become too large for the places that might accommodate it, the October 2013 Summit will be distributed over three cities: Brussels, Toronto, and San Francisco. A lottery allows contributors to choose locations that are not necessarily the closest to where they live.

The organization for all this started six months ago. Contributors were invited, via "Mozillians" to register. And now that the citites, the hotels, and logistics are set, the work needs to shift to content.

This is why Mozilla organized a "Pre Summit" on 15 and 16 of June, in Mozilla Office in Paris. I was glad to be invited, with David Scravaglieri (Firefox OS manager for Europe) and Laurent Jouanneau (long-time contributor and founder of Xul.fr) to represent France. Alongside contributors from all over the world, and many employees. We were a total of about a hundred people.

This weekend was englightening and rewarding!

Themes had to be defined, what would be the orientation of this future Summit. What would it be useful for. It has to be more than a mere gathering of Mozillians: Mozilla is an association, and cannot afford to spend money mindlessly. It also has to make sure that the event will be rewarding for every attendee.

We were all there, happy to meet again or for the first time. Glad to see that Mitchell and Debbie Cohen, among many others, were present. And soon enough we understood that this weekend was the one Mozilla wanted to hear us, and I would say, to listen and understand us.

Through many workshops, we discussed, and learned from each other, shared our vision for Mozilla. So we, quite simply, said all that was weighing on us, because we don’t live in a dream world. Despite the fact that Mozilla’s approach unites us, it remains true that this project can be a source of frustrations or worries, for us who give it so much of our energy.

So here are in a few points without a specific order, what are my take-aways from this weekend, that will remain very important for my future engagement in the community:

- Melek, Gloria (from Columbia), Arturo (from Venezuela) and I used this weekend as an opportunity to report our dismay about the fact that Webmaker cannot be localized. I don’t hide the fact that several people were surprised about this fact. Which is an obvious fact about Mozilla’s quick growth: it’s impossible to know everything about it. And we were right in our roles as Reps by mentioning this issue. And the expectations about Webmaker are high for good reasons! This project is so thrilling! But how can you efficiently teach what is the Internet to children who do not know a word in English, while the tools we offer are in English?

In France, the Ministère de la Culture is interested in a kind of partnership around Webmaker. But we can only tell them no as of now: young French children under ten (and of more than ten too) would not be able to use it.

The language barrier is a reality for many of us.

- This is also an issue we raised: as Reps, we are listening to our communities, and mentioned that Mozilla is too much "North-America-centered", and that different cultures have difficulties finding their place.

All the Reps were complaining. And in the coming days and months, we will be there to make sure our cultures are taken into account. BUT there is that one thing that was important to me: the fact that we could have talked. And that we felt listened-to.

Who other than Mozilla would be able to gather employees including executives and volunteers in the same room? We were able to exchange with all the attending directors: Debbie Cohen, Mitchel Baker and many others. We were able to explain our griefs. I found that is fantastic!

Mozilla has about 800 employees and thousands of contributors. It offers tools used by millions of people, and still cares enough to listen and creates moments when we can say it all. It is unique and deeply moving!

There were strong moments, English-speakers showing how much they were able to make efforts: each time they spoke too fast, non-native speakers only had to raise a hand for the flow to slow down. And it worked! It was a simple and efficient way to raise awareness.

- More generally-speaking, a major topic quickly covered by contributors (which group I belong to) was our feeling of being abandoned by employees becoming stronger and stronger. The impression that our work did not get attention nor recognition and to lack help. These few months, as Reps we heard so many complaints coming from contributors, so many of them mentioning the possibility of leaving… That is why this weekend was much needed. On my side, it boosted my motivation, reminded me why I contribute to the Mozilla project, and why we can be proud of being part of the Mozilla community.

Even though several people tried to calm the tensions down around the employee/contributor divide that we, as Reps, mentioned, by reminding us we are all "Mozillians".

It’s true! We are all Mozillians. But it’s impossible not to distinguish between employees and volunteers. As volunteers, we give our time OUTSIDE of our work. For that reason I really think that volunteer contributions should be honored more. And it’s true that we need recognition and help from the employees. Because for all of us, they are our point of entry, the ones who know the nitty-gritty and can guide us through it.

I also listened to what the employees had to say. They were affected and distressed by what we had said, since they felt they were doing their best and making all the resources they could available to us — and they are not wrong, in my opinion!

Because after all, have you seen the new Paris ofice?
And the budget Mozilla allowed us for our francophone meetup?
And the Summit?

So yes, as contributors, we are not there to let our behavior be dictated to us, we are not just a "workforce" available to do whatever the employees don’t have time for.
And yes, we are all concious of the differences between employes and volunteers. But we have employees who are dedicated, and by organizing the Summit, Mozilla shows that it wants its employees to meet us and learn from us.

And that is extraordinary!

As to the fact that we sometimes feel neglected by the employees:

Firstly, do not generalize! Don’t forget all the employees who engage with us, all those who constantly answer our questions on IRC, email, etc. There are many of them.

A new system has been created, the Mozilla Reps system. And I never stop marvelling at the availability of William, Pierros, Konstantina, and Brian. They understand the Community, and they are wonderful connectors. This Reps system also proves the importance Mozilla places in its Community: a worldwide system, tuned to our needs, that puts so many resources at our disposal!

Finally, let’s ask ourselves: what is more important? That employees come to our events, or that they produce the best possible tools that benefit all of us? In the case of Firefox OS, Vivien (Tech Lead for Gaia) always tells me, and I think he is right, that what he’s working on is the biggest contribution he will ever make, his greatest gift to the community. And I agree with him!

We must accept that the employees can’t be at our disposal all the time. They are not in our service; well, a few are but not all. As employees they work under constraints that are different from those of volunteer contributors (in terms of efficiency, productivity, etc.). So naturally they don’t always respond instantly. It’s our role to be patient, and to nag them. :)  And don’t forget that the Reps are also there to help you, and to act as an interface.

After all, we all agree that it can be difficult to know whom to contact, where to get information, etc. Mozilla has become so huge! And this is just the beginning!

That’s why we spent time this weekend thinking about the best tools to let all of us interact better, and know each other better. Better tools, and fewer. Because it’s becoming really difficult to follow everything Mozilla offers! (Of course I gave my usual rant against Bugzilla, the arch-nemesis of Joe and Jane User.)

I’d really like to thank all the employees for their patience. I know that this weekend, especially Saturday, spent listening to our complaints must have been painful at times. But that did not last!

- Because this is the magic of Mozilla! On Sunday, when the time had come to propose constructive solutions for working together productively, everyone worked hand-in-hand. Forgotten were the tensions of the previous day! We were united by a common goal: making the Summit a success, a time of joy for all the attendees, and the starting point for a new era.

Together we proposed themes and workshops. In particular regarding ways to welcome new contributors, to help them feel comfortable, and also to keep the existing community member engaged. We all worked in the same direction, around an oh-so-important theme: the future of Mozilla. We all started debating it, and then building it. And we will continue during the Summit itself. A Summit that will probably be very different than we’ve seen in the past: fewer lectures, and more interactions and interest groups.

Anyway, that’s what we began over the course of the weekend: we racked our brains and exchanged ideas. And we saw just how incredibly productive this mix of experiences and cultures could be. We all left with smiling faces, and a feeling of accomplishment.

Which was a beautiful thing on Sunday! And it will be beautiful at the Summit!

P.S. Big thanks to Kate, Mardi, and Luciana for their organization. Perfect! We are truly lucky to have them.

And thank you to Dino for his infectious energy!

P.P.S. Don’t miss the remarkable report by Melek, from Mozilla Tunisia.

My address during the Paris Office opening ceremony (en)

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Again, thanks to Matt Brubeck and to FredB for the translation!

Just as promised, here is my address given on the Mozilla Paris Office opening ceremony. A speech addressing the community.

"Good evening everyone,

I am here tonight to talk… about you! You all, free software supporters and for most of you members of the Mozilla community.

This community to which belong both employees and volunteers.

Together we are family, a community similar to the Fellowship of the Ring (from The Lord of the Rings) which gathers people from various origins around common values, which in our case are expressed by the Mozilla Manifesto:

The Mozilla project is a global community of people who believe that  openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of  the Internet. We have worked together since 1998 to ensure that the  Internet is developed in a way that benefits everyone.
The Mozilla project uses a community-based approach to create  world-class open source software and to develop new types of  collaborative activities. We create communities of people involved in  making the Internet experience better for all of us.
The goals for the Manifesto are to:   
- articulate a vision for the Internet that Mozilla participants want the Mozilla Foundation to pursue; 
- speak to people whether or not they have a technical background;
- make Mozilla contributors proud of what we’re doing and motivate us to continue; and
provide a framework for other people to advance this vision of the Internet.

That’s it. For all of us, the Internet is a worldwide public ressource that should remain open and accessible, as well as improve everyone’s lives.

The values are great, and in fact essential. This is why I insisted on telling you all my admiration for all that you are doing for the Internet and our rights.

Even though, I must admit that in the beginning I freaked out a bit. With your bold and somewhat childish tee-shirts, your vocabulary and weird discussions (What is the best Linux distribution?), your odd behaviours (since when does one eat with a computer by one’s side?) and so on.

But fear yielded to admiration. When I realised that you gave your energy and time, not to play on your computers (even though I know you do that too ;-)), but making sure that the Internet remains a common property, free of constraints, and accessible to the greatest number.

And I have seen several concrete cases.

The latest being last Sunday, while the Hackathon was happening between these very walls, when I saw developers being able to master new techniques and being able to create an app in only a few hours. We are not talking about a website here, but applications able to interact with a device (a phone in this case) and to behave just like a traditionnal application. Enabling the largest amount of people to achieve such things is exactly the motive for Mozilla and its community.

And today I can’t do without you. And I also know, you should be aware of it, that Mozilla can’t do without you either!

Mozilla has about 800 employees, and moreover some hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of volunteers all over the world.

Without the community, Mozilla would not be what it is! It has to be clear, the employees alone can’t make the company work. Try competing with Microsoft, Apple, or Google when your budget is roughly equivalent to their cafeteria budget…

Students, employees, retired people, and so on, we all have other activity elsewhere.

Despite those other activities, we share a common passion that Mozilla enables us to express.

Mozilla is the possibility to search for a solution to a problem on the Internet from Paris, find the answer in Japan, thanks to a Tunisian contributor.

Mozilla is volunteers who stick to sharing values, exchange and openness such as those we can find in free software and that lead to the invention of the Internet and the Web. For those, Mozilla gives access to resources such as this space, but not only.

For instance, thanks to Mozilla, I was lucky enough to spend a week in Senegal with four employees. During this week we toured the IT universities in Dakar to teach about Internet-related technologies and understand their needs…

Mozilla is Palestine and Israël gathered during common events! Just as Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, thanks to Mozilla.

Last year the "Mozilla Reps" programme was created. To this day, we count 363 official Mozilla representatives, all of the volunteers, over the World. From France to Burma, Bangladesh, Peru, Uganda, or a closed country such as Zimbabwe where a "Reps" can benefit from help coming from the whole World.

But keep in mind that those "Reps" are only the tip of the iceberg. Most of the community consists of discreet people.

I am here to talk tonight, because most of them are too shy or modest to do it themselves.

In this community, there is space for everyone and all sorts of contributions: the "core contributors" whose contributions are on par with those of employees except they are not looking to be employed (or are students or retired persons as it often happens); the active contributors, the temporary… But let us not forget about Firefox (and soon Firefox OS) users who belong to the Mozilla family because they made an ethical choice.

Tonight, if you are not a contributor yet, I invite you to join us. We are friendly, have space for everyone and contributions for everyone wishing to help.

Mozilla does not only care about engineering, developers, beared geeks and technical people. Mozilla also cares about education and created a tool we call "Webmaker" which enables youngsters and their parents to learn how to make the Web.

But generally speaking, in terms of contributions, we can cater to every taste. You can help with documentation, design, beta-testing, bug reporting, be Mozilla’s face during events, and the list goes on.

Each of those contributions is noted and can be highlighted to companies or future employers. And what an experience!

The most important being: by contributing, you play your part and know that things are changing for the better.

I would like to mention those who often are the "core" of local communities: the localizers. It’s a word used in Mozilla to say translators. As of today, Firefox exists in 93 languages. And this thanks to volunteers!

93 languages means that 93 groups of people can get easier access to the Internet, and go beyond the language barrier.

In Africa, we have volunteers translating Firefox into Peul and Songhay… hence people from those groups will be able to browse the Internet, and get access to the World.

So I have spoken a lot about various countries since the beginning of my speech, but only a little about France.

The French-speaking community occupies a special place. It was one of the earliest to be created and among our members are a few "dinosaurs", always eager to welcome newcomers.

This community keeps growing! Both in headcount and area covered! It consists of Belgium, Switzerland, Québec, but also Lebanon, Mauritius, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Chad, Burkina-Faso, and soon Togo and Madagascar.

Together, and day after day, we  share, enrich, and help each other. Together, we also have a lot of fun.

We will all gather in two weeks for the first time here in this office. We will share our experience and set various workshops and course material that we will be able to use. If the visas are cleared of course."

The Mozilla Paris office has officially opened its doors! (en)

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A huge thanks to Matt Brubeck and to FredB for the translation!

… Yes, I know, that happened a month ago. But in the meantime, as you’ll see in the following blog posts, we have all been quite busy. This report is just the first of a long series. Because this June at Mozilla, and in Paris especially, was absolutely crazy!

The month opened with fanfare for a well-attended event: the inauguration of Mozilla’s new Paris office.

And what an office! Judge for yourself:

Yes, the gold leaf is impressive and might seem a departure from the spirit of Free Software. But this is not how I see things! To me, the gilded ornamentation and the immense new space signify the important Mozilla places on its employees, and above all on its community. Because this is not just an office: it is a community space. Mozilla has in fact dedicated a large part of the office space to the community. The ballroom (the most beautiful room, no less!) is designed to welcome all who wish to organize events around Mozilla and its mission, and additionally any volunteers who want to come and work hand-in-hand with employees contributing to the Mozilla project.

Thus, the week of the inauguration began with a Firefox OS Hackathon.

  • Sunday: the hackathon

Firefox OS, as you surely know, is one of the most inspiring projects in recent years. And the fantastic thing for the French and francophone community is that an entire team is based in the Paris office: the team working on Gaia, the frontend of Firefox OS.

And this team pays attention to its community, as they showed during this latest hackathon, which demonstrated the endless possibilities of Firefox OS.

Since the web is the platform, Firefox OS offers huge opportunities for all web developers. Now anyone who wants to can create their own application and list it on the marketplace. What do you need? Some creativity, some ingenuity, and knowing your audience!
So the office opened its doors on Sunday at 9 AM. (I won’t deny that it was challenging for most to wake up this early, especially on a Sunday!). The event started with three presentations, which aimed at answering as many questions as possible and making attendees comfortable with the tools:

- Anthony Ricaud, who belongs to the Gaia team, introduced how an app works on the technical side. In other words, what are the prerequisites before you get started developing one.

- Jérémie Patonnier, valued contributer and documentation specialist, showed where all the information about Firefox OS, the documentation, and tutorials can be found.

- Finally, Antoine (aka GeekShadow) showed us how to publish an app on the marketplace.

Regarding this, I would like to sincerely thank Jérémie and Antoine for their availibility. We were short of presenters in the office for the marketplace conference, and Antoine being the excellent contributor he is, offered to come all the way from Saint-Nazaire. His presentation was flawless. Not really suprising given that Antoine knows his stuff since he already published applucations. Based on this experience, he stayed the whole day and shared with the hackathon attendees. Same thing about Jérémie, becoming more and more unavoidable in the community: he doesn’t keep count on contributed hours and always comes up with the best advice. His thorough knowledge about documentation is worth a lot to us.

But Anthony, Antoine, and Jérémie weren’t the only ones to be here for the event. Ben Francis (Gaia Developer living in England), Vivien (Gaia Tech Lead), Yoric (Mr. Mozilla Education in the Paris Office), David Scravaglieri (Firefox OS manager in Europe), Adrian, Mat’, Nical, Padenot, and Pascal were all there to help the attendees. Dressed as the Smurfs (due to their blue Firefox OS tee-shirt), they spent their day answering the questions of some 50 developers.

The success of this hackathon is most certainly due to their availability. In the end, no less than 24 applications were created! And in a limited period of time (roughly 7 hours) with, let’s be honest, big Wi-Fi issues (which was the negative point of this day).
24 applications and 6 winners elected by our brilliant jury consisting of David Scravaglieri, Vivien Nicolas, Jérémie Patonnier (both a talented developer and a design expert), Adrian Gaudebert (our resident game specialist), plus Brad Fuellenbach and Mathew Caldwell from Mozilla HR. No less! They voted upon three criteria: originality, responsiveness, and design.

This hackathon of course was only the first of a series of events about Mozilla products. Do not hesitate to tell us which product you would like to be covered!

I would like to thank all the attendees for their seriousness (we could have heard a pin drop), but also for their joy and their talent. I would like to thank our Smurfs for the time they spent, showing how great our community is, especially Yoric, who gave a lot in this event by contacting schools and students.
Finally, a big thank you to the organisers: Amié Tyrrel and Kimber who helped from the USA. Thank you Shannon Clayton and Clara Carle, our Parisian office hosts and good fairies. You will soon figure out that they kept on rocking the following days.
  • Tuesday: the Community
The hackathon was just an introduction to an entire week, dedicated to the opening of this highly-anticipated office. Why a week? Simply because even so large a space could not accomodate more than a hundred or so people at a time. And Mozilla has many more friends than that!

So it was decided to split the inauguration parties in order to welcome as many people as possible. And to meet everyone’s expectations. I had the fortune ot partipate in all of the parties and thus offer you a little summary (now that the effects of the champagne I drank each night have evaporated).

Tuesday’s soiree was the one closest to my own heart: one dedicated to the Community. Amié created an Eventbrite page, and opened it to everyone who wanted to contribute, and of course those who already do. They are many!

So we were like one big family that Tuesday. A beautiful family, joined by the bonds of Free Software and love for Mozilla. A familly welcomed of course by Tristan Nitot (who else?) who in a speech recounted the path that Mozilla Paris has traveled, starting in his garage and ending up in this office today.

For the occasion, Mozilla had berets made for the guests. ("Béret" is also the name of one of the rooms in the new office. It is adjacent to "Marcel," and farther away are "Baguette," "Saucisson," and "Ouh La La." You see, the employees from the Paris office have their sense of humor!) The beret looked marvelous on our dear Tristan!

For the occasion, and for the entire week, I dressed myself in an outfit worthy of a meringue. Orange, with a blue shawl, and an awesome handbag with a fox’s head. Honestly, what wouldn’t I do for Mozilla?!!

It was in this outfit that I gave my speech on the Community. This Community that I love so, and that makes me feel so great. I’ll put the text of the speech in a blog post to follow, since several people have asked me for it.

And because the Community is curious about the latest news. Because there are always many questions and the employees are often overloaded, they took this opportunity to present the latest projects developed by Mozilla:

- Firefox OS, of course, was presented by David Scravaglieri, who then answered the avalanche of questions with good humor. This gave rise to some flavorful exchanges.

- WebRTC was presented by Jean-Baptiste Piacentino, who gave a little demonstration with the help of Florian Quèze.

- Lastly, Webmaker was given an extremely comprehensive presentation by our brilliant Clochix, a contributor who is enthusiastic about issues of education, and who knows Webmaker like the back of his hand. We thank him again for making himself available and for sporting the beret!

Next? Well, there were toasts offered again and again in honor of Mozilla, ardent conversations, happy faces, hugs. The Community’s pleasure at discovering this space which Mozilla has made available to them. And already some ideas for more Free Software events.

  • Wednesday: Mozilla’s Economic Role

On Wednesday the festivities continued around a new theme. At Tristan’s excellent suggestion, Mozilla invited various participants in Free Software and the internet industry. But also from the schools who are training the future participants in the digital economy.

Why? Because Mozilla was eager to assure them that these tools are at their disposal. That Free Software is not a utopia. That partnerships are possible. That Mozilla will always be there to carry the torch of Free Software and help with its development.

With Firefox OS, Mozilla has started building partnerships with industry giants like Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom. But Mozilla’s DNA remains intact. This was also the message that Tristan Nitot wanted to send to our friends in the Free Software world.

This was a very informative evening, driven by a number of question. And one certainty: Free Software has a bright future ahead.

And don’t forget: Mozilla is hiring!

  • Thursday: VIP party

With such an office, Mozilla wanted to pull out all the stops, and to show that Google and company are not the only important internet players in France. Because Mozilla is here!

Mozilla is still growing in France, hiring new employees, making more resources available to the Community. This evening’s soiree was intended to put that on display.

An evening for which everyone dressed in their Sunday best. And for that alone, beleive me, it was worth it! How lovely to see all these geeks dressed in jackets, suits, and for the bravest, even dress shoes! I was delighted.

Representing Mozilla were, of couse, Tristan Nitot, but also Debbie Cohen and Mitchell Baker! Together they welcomed our special guest: Fleur Pellerin, French Minister for the Digital Economy, who honored us with a speech in which she showed fairly good knowledge of Free Software. But most importantly, by her presence, she demonstrated her recognition of Free Software’s importance. The fact that she was present at this event is a powerful symbol.

Fleur Pellerin was even available for a bit of cake-cutting alongside Mitchell Baker (who also treated us to a speech with her characteristic confidence).

As you can see, this week was packed, not just with champagne and petits fours, but also with chance encounters, budding plans, fruitful discussions, and messages of hope for Mozilla’s future, and for Free Software in general. Personally, I hope that the Community clearly saw that this space is now ours. And that we will be able to do beautiful things there.

I’d like to thank Tristan Nitot for the inception of Mozilla Europe, and for his continuing strong guidance of Mozilla France. He is the one who made this Mozilla Paris space possible by welcoming the first European Mozilla employees into his garage. And believing in it for all these years. And enabling the hiring of new employees. And making himself available to the Community.

Thank you to Pascal, Filip, Cédric, Goofy, Laurent, Benoît, Kazé, Frédéric, Flore, Bobo, and Paul Rouget: they created the francophone community and they continue ot be there for it after all these years.

And big thanks also to the Gaia team in Paris: it is a great pool of talents, and a beacon for the French-speaking Community.

Thanks again to Amié, Kimber, Shannon, and Clara: they worked organizational miracles, and in such a short time!

And finally, thank you to Debbie Cohen and Mitchell: by their presence and their involvement, they once again broadened the field of possibilities.

So the office has now officially opened its doors. We wish it a long and happy life!

MozFR : Newsletter #5 (en)

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It has been a while since we did not give news about what was going on in the French speaking Mozilla community. Simply because so many things happened and because of that I did not have the time to write!

But don’t worry, I am not going into the details for everything (this is actually coming during the next months), I will give you a glance at what we were working on since January.

Then I know that some of you could – during these 3 months – follow the continuous news around Mozilla via these streams:

-        Identica: http://identi.ca/mozillazinefr

-        Twitter: http://twitter.com/MozillaZineFr

From www.MozillaZine-fr.org, thanks to the fantastical and relentless Pierre (Mozinet) who is the best for gathering every single piece of information from everywhere! Our preciouss :D

Since I have the chance now, please find again its essential retrospective of 2012: http://www.mozillazine-fr.org/archive.phtml?article=28569f

 

  • So, what’s new?

First of all: welcome to Jesus, Nigel, Darkkow, Marmoute, AxelR, Cédric Valmary, Rémi Caillot, Maxime Ronceray, Benjamin Bernard, Sphinx,  angezanetti,  Macadam, Sadouanouan, Idriss, Abdelsan and every one else I am sure to forget! (Apologies, I will catch up next month!)

And, hold tight: two countries just joined the French speaking community

-        The Burkina Faso: Sadouanouan Malo and Idriss Tinto contacted us and are more than motivated to create one Mozilla community in this beautiful country. Sadouanouan is a professor and is currently working with Yoric to determine some bugs which he will be able to give to his students. Idriss is a computer science engineer, he is also in touch with Clarista and gerard-majax – our mediator here, thanks to him, a new community is being born. Together, they are thinking about how to set up a first event to found the community. Now, they already got their Mozillian’s profiles:  https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/sadouanouan/ and https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/titinto/ .

-        The Chad: thanks to Chahrawoods, we are now communicating with Abdelsalam Safi, a member of the ADIL (www.adil.td) whose goal is to promote the use of free software in Chad and thinks about creating the first Mozilla community in its country. What a good idea! We are teaming up with Chahrawoods and without any doubt, you will hear from us very soon. First things first: Abdelsalam is also officially a Mozillian: https://mozillians.org/en-US/u/abdelsalam.safi/ . Of course, both Burkina Faso and Chad can count on our indispensable Camara, leader for the Mozilla Senegal community and coordinator for the whole French speaking Western Africa to help and support.

Another event: Firefox is now localized in a new language! Cédric Valmary, newcomer, is working relentlessly so that our favorite browser works in occitan -a mailing list has actually been created for this specific topic:  http://mozfr.org/mailman/listinfo/occitan ).

 

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  • The events of the last quarter
  • You will have notice that, in January, the entire world celebrated Firefox OS with some hackathons. French speaking Mozilla has, of course, done the same.

Mozilla Sénégal has been the first ones to past the post on the 19th of January in Dakar: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/dakar-firefoxos-appday/  and http://www.osiris.sn/Dakar-Firefox-OS-APP-Day-19.html  . One particularity was that, in addition to create apps and accompany developers, Niang did a Firefox Clinic on Thunderbird: his speciality.

In Paris  (https://reps.mozilla.org/e/paris-firefoxos-hackathon/), the hackathon took place during the week-end of the 26th of January. The Gaia team from Paris made several conferences during Saturday’s morning to explain to the numerous developers that were here what were the basics to create web apps for Firefox OS (performances, design with the very convenient Building Blocks (http://buildingfirefoxos.com/ ), responsive design, which web API were ready to be used starting from now, etc.). Not to forget Tristan who motivated everyone and reminded the interest of applications using open web technologies. During the afternoon, after having eaten well among geeks, participants created groups in rooms to start the real thing: intensive programming for everyone, with the help of the Gaia developers if needed. (A lot of questions were especially about the systemXHR API and the web activities.) The real good atmosphere was rewarding and no more than 36 applications for Firefox OS were created in Paris this day.

If these days were successfull, it was largely thanks to Anne-Marie Bourcier, who put all of her energy and experience in organizing the event. She was our fairy godmother and we will all be eternally grateful for this.

I would also invite you to read the proceedings of Kinouchou: http://kinouchou.org/dotcl/index.php?post/2013/01/28/Firefox-OS-App-Days and http://kinouchou.org/dotcl/index.php?post/2013-01-15-Firefox-OS

And here are the pictures that Tristan took: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nitot/sets/72157632623533104/with/8427177048/

One should also note that, in order to prepare this day, Pierre-Louis, FredB and Clochix added French subtitles on the videos about FirefoxOS. You can find these videos and all the useful links about FxOS on this Wiki page : http://wiki.mozfr.org/Paris_FirefoxOS_App_Days.

Still talking about Firefox, Geekshadow translated a FAQ on Firefox OS that was initiated by Mozilla. He then added this FAQ in our Wiki page for "frequent questions": http://wiki.mozfr.org/Questions_fr%C3%A9quentes. Thanks Antoine!

  • In February, like every year since 2003, Mozilla took part in Fosdem. The Fosdem (for Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting) is simply one of the best event about FOSS in Europe: this is the place to be to know everything about FOSS development, to meet experts… and have fun!

Thus, the Fosdem took place during the first week-end of February in Brussels (Belgium), and amazing city with the best French fries of the world. Concerning Mozilla, this is Benoît, leader of the Belgian community, who took care of the event. Brilliant organiser, with an extreme patience, he made a marvel of this event.  He was helped by Brian King, Ioana Chiorean, Axel Hecht, Ziggy Maes, Monique Brunel, Gervase and Teoli.

Overall, Mozilla excelled with speakers from everywhere, selling out meetings in Mozilla’s room but not only. Concerning the French speaking Mozilla community, Mozilla Belgium and Mozilla France were joined by Mozilla Senegal, represented by Camara, Mozilla Algeria, represented by Majda. However, it was a great disapointment and we cannot help but curse the things that stopped Melek, Sofien and Alexandre from Mozilla Tunisia to get their visas!

You can find the slides, videos, photos and proceedings here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Fosdem:2013:Aftermath

Canada also had two presentations of Persona in March: http://montrealpython.org/fr/2013/03/mp36/ and http://www.meetup.com/HTML5mtl/events/109129482/.

  • Let’s go back to February when Mozilla Maurice followed its route and organised a new Webmaker event for the children. Ganesh and Paméla are wonderful teachers and are already thinking about going in some other schools to launch a tournament.

  • From the 1st to the 6th March, French speaking Mozilla was proud to see Flore, Ibrahima and Ganesh taking part in the Webmaker training days in Athens: http://popcorn.webmadecontent.org/tif

They are now our Webmaker mentors and will soon be able to teach every other French speaking Reps who are willing to!

  • Also on the 1st of March: strong coming back of Mozilla Ivory Coast and its enthusiast leader, Bacely Yorobi who went to EDHEC, a management school in Abidjan to present the different technologies of Mozilla.

  • The month of March ended with the celebration of the 15th birthday of Mozilla by the Ivory Coast Mozilla Community.

 

  • Some noteworthy articles:

-        The translation of the article "An introduction to Firefox OS  for mobile developers: Q&A with Andreas Gal, Mozilla" which became "Toutes les questions sur Firefox OS… Les réponses d’Andreas Gal" thanks to Clochix, Pandark, Kazé, Goofy, Tchevalier: http://blog.mozfr.org/post/2013/02/FirefoxOS-questions-et-reponses-d-Andreas-Gal

-        The translation of the blog post from Ron Piovesan (http://ronpiovesan.com/2013/02/20/firefoxos-and-the-battle-for-the-bronze/ ), which became "FirefoxOS : en piste pour la médaille de bronze !" from Lissyx, Kazé, Clochix, Goofy: http://blog.mozfr.org/post/2013/02/FirefoxOS-pour-la-medaille-de-bronze

-        The translation of the blog post of Andreas Gal (http://andreasgal.com/2013/01/08/why-the-web-is-going-to-win-mobile/ ), which became "Pourquoi c’est le Web qui va gagner la partie sur les mobiles" with Alice, Maxime, Goofy: http://blog.mozfr.org/post/2013/01/Pourquoi-c-est-le-Web-qui-va-gagner-la-partie-sur-les-mobiles

-        The proceedings of Mozcamp Europe 2012 in Poland from GeekShadow (better late than never!) : http://blog.geekshadow.com/lang/fr/2012/11/25/mozcamp-2012/

-        The blog post of Clarista who enjoyed her vacations in Burma, with vingtetun and seized the opportunity to meet supporters of the Free Software and who is appealing to our help now: https://claristamozilla.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/its-time-to-go-to-myanmar/

-        The translation of a blog post now entitled "Pourquoi je  retourne à Firefox" by Jeff_, biglittledragoon, Agnes, MFolschette,  Plop, Tom, Pouhiou, quack1, jtanguy, Rudloff and anonymous of Framasoft: http://www.framablog.org/index.php/post/2013/03/13/firefox-le-retour

-        The translation of the blog post of Luke Wagner (https://blog.mozilla.org/luke/2012/10/02/optimizing-javascript-variable-access/ ), which became "Optimiser les accès de variables JavaScript" with Nicolas Pierron: http://tech.mozfr.org/post/2013/02/03/Optimiser-les-acces-de-variables-JavaScript

-        The translation of the blog post of Brendan Eich (https://brendaneich.com/2013/03/mwc-2013-firefox-os-and-more-web-api-evolution/ ) which became "Firefox OS et l’évolution des API Web" thanks to Goofy: http://tech.mozfr.org/post/2013/03/11/Firefox-OS-et-les-API-Web-par-Brendan-Eich

-        An article brought to our attention by Benoît Leseul on "Les opportunités  manquées du libre, la série complète. Et pourquoi Mozilla est une  exception" of Lionel Dricot: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102072273880684402148/posts/QYtsVU6o8Gd

 

  • What else?

« parrains Mozfr » : http://wiki.mozfr.org/ParrainsMozfr is a new system that has recently been implemented for new members. To tell you the truth, the system is still in its setting up phase and needs to be improved. We are still working on it and we shall let you know about further development. Do not hesitate to sign up!

Lastly, Transvision has not stopped its impulsive evolution from Pascal (changes by versions have been described at this page: http://transvision.mozfr.org/news/#v2.5 ), and as from now and onwards from Jesus! He has been inspired by the official theme of Mozilla to change the theme of Transvision, but the display of results has also been improved by creating an alert message for translations which seems to be abnormally long or short as compared to the original where the possibility of restoring a combination of languages/which is deposited by default via a cookie,etc.etc. Within a few months, Jesus showed himself to be indispensable to the community by providing several technical support (we need this!). In addition, he’s a cute boy! Thus, we are nominating him the Francophone Mozillian of this quarter! Jesus, you are most welcome among us! Thank you!

See you soon!

Clarista

It’s time to go to Myanmar!

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With Vivien Nicolas, we had the pleasure to spend a two week holiday in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Two weeks of emotions and wonder. Thanks to Tin Aung Linn, our local Mozilla Reps, we were able to met several Burmese Free Software personalities. From all those meetings and discoveries, we draw one conclusion: Myanmar now! Especially for the Internet, as I’ll explain in the second part of this post.

  • Why it’s time to go there, in general:

About Burma, it is often said it’s the most beautiful country in Asia. I don’t have any comparison points, since this was my first trip to the continent. Yet, one thing is sure: it’s a wonderful country. Wonderful.

But the first wealth of Burma is its people! Vivien and I were blown away by their kindness and generosity. On our first day, the trip started quite badly: lost luggage; domestic flight from Yangon to Inle Lake cancelled. Hopefully, our disappointment was soon to be forgotten thanks to Julie, a Air KBZ employee: she found our luggage (even though it was not her company’s fault) and, moreover, we had the pleasure to dine in Chinatown with her and her husband Éric. A night to remember, during which Vivien ate locusts and bamboo worms, and met new friends. I take the opportunity to dedicate this post, and my best wishes, to Julie and Éric, and once again invite them to Paris!

And we had so many other meetings in Burma! Monks, restaurateurs, worshipers in temples, children… All gave us a wonderful smile, a nice word; some took pictures of us. Respectful, discrete, charming: this is how Burmese were with us. They gave us a real life lesson.

And we’ll never forget the landscapes and monuments. Some areas are still wild, outside of time (just have a look to the Intha fishermen on Inle Lake). Every temple, every pagoda has its surprises. Not to forget this senerity feeling that envelops you.

So, in short, you get the point. We were under the spell.

So why is it time to go there now? Because tourists are just starting to come in mass, and you can still enjoy this country in relative peace. Because the junta has turned over power to a civilian government (even though, in reality, the military junta is still there unofficially), the country is opening itself to trade, and now is the time to come and participate in this opening and prevent it from closing again.

  • Why is it time to go there now, especially for lovers of the Internet and Free Software?

To participate in the opening. Prevent Myanmar from closing. Things are still especially delicate there when it comes to the Internet.

Today, between 5 and 7% of the population has access to the Internet. Cybercafés are very successfull, as we could see for ourselves. Geek-attitude knows no borders :). The more people access the Internet, the harder it will be for the regime to apply censorship. That’s why we have to act now.

This is what we realized when we met Burmese Free Software personalities, thanks to our  great Mozilla Rep, Tin Aung Linn.

We met both M.Ye and M.Thein in Mandalay. Then we met Ko Ye, Tho Hi, Chit Ko Ko Win, Naing Ye Min, Ethan Kurt, Ma Hteik, Nang Nyi, and Yadanar in Yangon.

Ko Ye Myat Thu and U Thein Htut are part of the Myanmar Computer Professionals Association, in Mandalay (http://www.mcpamandalay.org/ ). The other people we met in Yangon are free software advocates, including several members of the fantastic Yangon Barcamp (6000 participants in 2013; Aung San Suu Kyi gave a speech for them in 2012!) or the Ubuntu community, and most of them are students.

We asked all of them about their hopes and wishes. Here is a summary of their answers:

- One of the biggests part is about education. There are computer science schools in the country, but several people reported that they were several months or years late on the current state of the art. Autodidacts (like Tin!) are able to educate themselves about free software, but they regret that Web technologies are taught little or not at all. They are dreaming of Mozilla people coming in to teach about Firefox technologies and Open Source languages. Those materials could then be reused by other universities.

- There is also censorship to fight. We could quite easily browse the web when we were there. But only because we were browsing in French or English. Even if it is better than in the past, there is still censorship active locally. With Vivien, we plan to bridge the gap between Burmese free software advocates and the Internews NGO (http://www.internews.eu ), which specializes in fighting censorship.

- Mainly, what Mozilla could help with is bringing more visibility to the issue of the Internet. A couple of days after our trip in Yangon (oh yeah, we were there first!), Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman at Gooogle, came to give a speech and pleaded for Internet liberty (http://lionslayer.yoeyar.com/?p=1620 ). We can’t sit back and do nothing! Tin and his friends really would like to see Mozilla employees visit too and join in this conversation. All together, they are doing a tremendous job, and I think we have to build on those contributions, show that we, members of the Mozilla Community, are supporting them. Ubuntu is already very present during events. One of the free software advocates we met already had a Ubuntu Phone that he often show. Once again, customs are an issue: our Reps can’t receive their kit. Tin has no t-shirts, banners, nor goodies. William, we need your help! ;-)

- The best would be to participate with them in developing the Internet. That’s why Tin and the others were excited by Firefox OS. Vivien talked a lot about it, showed them the possibilities. Today, they are waiting for just one thing: phone availability in Myanmar. And I also think it’s an excellent opportunity for this country: by enabling people to have the Internet in their pockets, we could exponentially help its development. And those phones would be affordable, unlike Apple’s or Samsung’s. Starting today, I’ll forward Tin as much as possible documentation and videos about Firefox OS. I don’t doubt, also, that French employees and volunteers working on Firefox OS will answer all of his questions. But the best thing would be to organize an event about Firefox OS and bring in some employees. Why not some of the Mozilla Taiwan people?

One thing is for sure: with Tin, M.Ye and M.Thein, Ko Ye, Tho Hi, Chit Ko Ko Win, Naing Ye Min, Ethan Kurt, Ma Hteik, Nang Nyi and Yadanar, and also Chit and Thaung whom we sadly could not meet but whose hard work we have heard about, the Internet in Myanmar is in good hands. They are all excellent advocates for Internet freedom.

With this post, I would really like to thank all of them for their welcome, and all they taught us. I admire you, I wish you good luck, and remain at your service!

Viva Myanmar!