One of the interesting slogans that the Mozilla Foundation has been pushing a lot recently is the idea of the “open Web”. That's clearly distinct from an *open source* Web, but the latter is more or less predicated on the former, since a Web that isn't open is hardly going to be very welcoming to open code.
But fine words butter no parsnips: how do we go about protecting the open Web where it exists, and building it out where it doesn't? One answer is to pay some people to work on this area, and that's just what the financially well-endowed Mozilla has just announced:
Today we’re announcing the formation of a new group that will focus on the research and development of developer tools for the open Web.
We believe that there’s tremendous opportunity for innovation in tools that increase developer productivity, enable compelling user experiences, and promote the use of open standards.
We’re also excited to announce that Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, co-founders of Ajaxian, the Ajax Experience, and long-time supporters of the open Web, have joined Moziila full-time to lead this newly formed Developer Tools Lab.
We’re just getting started, so please stay tuned for further details and information on getting involved.
Everything is on the table, from services to software, and we’re looking forward to working with Web developers from around the world to create, experiment and play with new ideas!
I particularly like the code-name “Moziila” for the new group: could we be witnessing the birth of a new meme - GNUU/Liiunx, Fiirefox, OopenOofice.org, etc?