March 31,1998 is the birthday of Mozilla. On that day, Mozilla code became publicly available under the terms of an official open source license. Also, the Mozilla Organization, a governing body for the project began its public work from that date. It’s always been known in Mozilla parlance as “3/31”.
This year is Mozilla’s 10th birthday. Ten years ago an idea about an open source community that could create choice and innovation in major Internet technologies took shape. This is the main idea that Mozilla has developed so far.
Mozilla was not the first group to pursue the idea. Before it, GNU/Linux and the BSD operation system had already provided a very effective web server. During the years since 3/31, Mozilla have taken that radical idea and proved its power. In the next ten years, the company will continue to be radical about building fundamental qualities such as openness, participation and innovation into the basic structure of the Internet itself.
Mozilla has done a lot in the past ten years. There will be huge challenges for Mozilla in the future years, but these will also be great opportunities. Mitchell Baker, the Chief Lizard Wrangler said “we have the ability to affect aspects of Internet architecture and user experience. We have the organization, we have the frameworks we need to work in, we have the choice.” All these show that Mozilla has confidence in themselves and the future.