Mozilla pays half a mil­lion dol­lars to sup­port open source projects

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Mozilla has an­nounced that it has paid a to­tal of US$ 539,000 for sup­port­ing open source projects. The com­pany runs the Mozilla Open Source Sup­port (MOSS) pro­gramme to sup­port open source devel­op­ments around the globe.

“At Mozilla, we were born out of, and re­main a part of, the open source and free soft­ware move­ment. Through the Mozilla Open Source Sup­port (MOSS) pro­gramme, we recog­nise, cel­e­brate and sup­port open source projects that con­trib­ute to our work and to the health of the In­ter­net,” said Ger­vase Markham, pol­icy en­gi­neer, Mozilla Cor­po­ra­tion, in a blog post.

Amongst other ma­jor open source projects, Mozilla awarded the big­gest amount of

US$ 194,000 to Ushahidi, which is an open source soft­ware plat­form for crowd­sourc­ing, mon­i­tor­ing, vi­su­al­is­ing and re­spond­ing to re­ports from peo­ple suf­fer­ing dur­ing times of po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and sub­ject to govern­men­tal or vig­i­lante abuse.

The Moun­tain View, Cal­i­for­nia based com­pany has also sup­ported projects like We­bAssem­bly backer Web­pack, email se­cu­rity plat­form RiseUp,

HTML5 game en­gine Phaser and Apache mod­ule Mod_md.

In Au­gust this year, Mozilla launched its ‘Global Mis­sion Part­ners: In­dia’ ini­tia­tive, which al­lo­cated Rs 10 mil­lion for In­dian open source projects that pro­moted Mozilla’s mis­sion. The com­pany also ran sev­eral au­dits on code­bases of open source devel­op­ments such as ex­pat (an XML parser) and

GNU lib­mi­cro­httpd (an em­bed­ded

HTTP server) through the Se­cure Open Source arm of MOSS.

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