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Jul 11, 2000, 16:14 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I'm often asked questions about how the Mozilla project operates. Since there are probably many people with similar questions, I've created an overview of and the Mozilla project. In this discussion, I use "Mozilla" to mean the codebase itself, "Mozilla project" to mean the set of activities around the Mozilla code (development, testing, etc.) and "Mozilla community" to mean the set of contributors engaged in these activities."

"The Mozilla Organization is the entity which coordinates Mozilla development. The mission of is to foster a successful open-source project. This means our core functions are to guide the overall development of the Mozilla code itself, and to be the central meeting point of the Mozilla development community. Participation in the Mozilla project is entirely voluntary, and strives to make participation both useful and desirable for potential contributors."

" provides a wide range of services to assist the Mozilla development community. We provide technical and architectural direction for the Mozilla project, working with contributors to make the Mozilla code useful in a wide variety of products, platforms and devices. We manage our source code repository with the same goals in mind. We develop and implement processes to enhance public discussion, distributed development, and peer review. We maintain the website and provide Mozilla-related ftp services, newsgroups and mailing lists. also develops and maintains a range of tools for use in the project. A good example is Bugzilla, an open source bug tracking and management system developed by and used by a diverse set of development projects."

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