Mozilla, the company best known for the open-source Firefox web browser, has paid out $385,000 to other open-source projects which support its overarching goals.
As part of the company's Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) programme, Mozilla announced that it was to pick fellow open-source projects which align with the company's official manifesto
and offer them financial support. This week, the company announced that it had transferred over the first of its payments, totalling $385,000, to eight awardees, and that it will continue to pay out throughout the year up to its initial 2016 budget of $1.6 million.
The first to benefit from Mozilla's largesse are: Tor, the privacy-centric distributed router network originally created by the US Navy, which is awarded $152,500 to enhance its metrics infrastructure for stability and performance monitoring; Tails, the amnesic incognito live system Linux distribution recommended by Edward Snowden, which is awarded $77,000 to implement reproducible builds of its software; Caddy, an HTTP/2 web server with integrated Let's Encrypt support, which is awarded $50,000 to fund the addition of a REST API, web user interface, and improved documentation; Mio, a Rust-based asynchronous input-output library, which is awarded $30,000 to improve its API; getdns, an asynchronous DNS API, which is awarded $25,000 to complete an IETF standard proposal and reference implementations of DNSSEC and DANE TLS extensions designed to improve performance; Godot, a game engine with HTML5 deployment support, which is awarded $20,000 to add support for web sockets, WebAssembly, and WebGL 2.0; PeARS, the peer-to-peer agent for reciprocated search platform, which is awarded $15,500 to allow its team members to meet face-to-face for improved collaboration as the software heads into beta; and NVDA, the NonVisual Desktop Access screen-reader package for Windows, which is awarded $15,000 to ensure compatibility with the new multi-process versions of Firefox.
'Open Source is a movement that is only growing, both in numbers and in importance,
' the Mozilla team said of the programme. 'Operating in the open makes for better security, better accessibility, better policy, better code and, ultimately, a better world.