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Mozilla Foundation forms corporate subsidiary

Mozilla will work mainly on developing and delivering free software products such as the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail program.
PTI | By Associated Press, San Jose
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2005 12:11 PM IST

The nonprofit Mozilla Foundation that organizes the development of the Firefox Web browser said on Wednesday it has formed a corporate subsidiary not to make money but to better focus its activities.

Mozilla will work mainly on developing and delivering free software products such as the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail program. The foundation will manage the projects, set policies and organize relationships among developers.

"By having a different focus in each of the organizations, it allows each of them to move forward more cleanly," Mozilla Corporation president Mitchell Baker said on Tuesday.

The new business will be based in Mountain View, as is the foundation. The wholly owned subsidiary is expected to have about 30 employees, compared with three or four at the foundation, Baker said. Its software will remain free.

"The Mozilla Corporation is not a typical commercial entity," she said. "Rather it is dedicated to the public benefit goal at the heart of the Mozilla project, which is to keep the Internet open and available to everyone."

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