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Frank Hecker

Resident of Ellicott City and Howard County, Maryland, systems engineer, and occasional blogger.

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This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending June 6, 2008.

Projects for the week

Here’s a summary of what Foundation-related activities went on last week; for more information about others’ activities please see the weekly status reports published by David Boswell, Gerv Markham, and Zak Greant.

  • Grants and related expenditures

    • Alexander Surkov completed the intermediate milestone on his Mozilla Foundation-funded project to develop automated tests and regression fixes in the Mozilla accessibility module; so far he’s fixed 16 outstanding bugs (relating to crashes, regressions, and new features), as well as kept the accessibility API documentation up to date and worked on several other accessibility-related tasks.

    • Proceedings, slides, and an attendee list have now been published for the Foundations of Open Media Software 2008 workshop, for which the Mozilla Foundation was a sponsor.

  • Legal issues

  • CAs and related issues

    • Gerv proposed some ideas as to how we might address the Debian weak key problem in a Mozilla context.

    • Kathleen Wilson is waiting on responses from CAs to close out her information-gathering work on their requests. I worked with her to identify a set of new requests to look at, including those for Trustis (bug 324126), Microsec Ltd (bug 370505), S-TRUST (bug 370627), and TC TrustCenter (bug 378882).

    • I put Entrust’s request to enable the Entrust Root Certification Authority for EV (bug 416544) into the first public comment period.

  • Public communication

    • David Boswell continued work on a new design brief.

    • David worked to help produce a new draft of the proposed Mozilla brochure and get model release forms signed for people whose photos appear in the brochure.

  • Conferences

    • Zak Greant continued work on the proposed FOSSCoach event at OSCON.
  • Other

    • Gerv Markham worked on a project to calculate what percentage of the world’s Internet users have a localized version of Firefox available in their native language.

    • Gerv also worked on a project to compile a definitive domain suffix list, e.g., suffixes like “” that do not themselves refer to web sites (unlike, e.g., “”); this list could be useful in contexts like handling of cookies, bookmarks, etc.

Upcoming events and activities

  • The Mozilla Foundation will be a sponsor of the Personal Democracy Forum conference (June 23-24 in New York NY). Brian Behlendorf will be speaking there, and I’m also planning to attend.

  • David, Gerv, and Zak will be attending OSCON (July 21-25 in Portland OR) and the Firefox Summit (July 29-31 in Whistler BC). I will be attending the Firefox Summit but not OSCON.