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Mozilla Roles and Responsibilities
- Mozilla Community
- The Mozilla community includes all those who
contribute to Mozilla: writing code, testing software, writing documentation,
developing web pages and applications, advocating on behalf of Mozilla,
or doing any of the multitude of other things that help make Mozilla useful
and successful. Some participate as individual volunteers, some through
their educational institution, and others work at commercial companies.
These actions ultimately determine the direction of the Mozilla project,
through the contributions made and through participation in the Mozilla
discussion groups and mailing lists and Internet Relay Chat channels where
the day-to-day activity takes place.
- Mozilla.org is the virtual organization through which
the activities of the community are organized. The Mozilla organization
works to make Mozilla a successful open-source project and a successful
open-source product. There are a number of roles within the organization:
- Mozilla.org Staff
- Mozilla.org staff members provide
the overall guidance for the project. This includes the development of
Mozilla itself, development of a set of tools used by Mozilla contributors
such as Bugzilla, maintaining a development infrastructure, building community,
assisting potential new developers and creating overall policies and procedures
for the project.
- Drivers act as the day-to-day project managers
on behalf of mozilla.org, focusing in particular on coordinating
- Module Owners and Peers
- A module owner is someone to whom
mozilla.org staff delegates leadership of the development of a module
of code. This includes a range of responsibilities relevant to the daily
management of the module, including approving patches as ready to be checked
into the module. More detail
on module ownership and a list of module owners
- The super-reviewers are a designated
group of strong hackers who review code for its effects on the overall
state of the tree, use of interfaces, overall quality, API and XPCOM use,
and adherence to Mozilla coding guidelines. Super-review generally follows
code review by the module owner, and the approval of a super-reviewer
is generally required to check code into Mozilla. More information on
code review and super-review can be found in the
mozilla.org code review FAQ.
- A Bugzilla component owner
is the default recipient of bugs filed against that component. When someone
files a bug, he or she may specify to whom the bug will be assigned. But
if no specific assignment is made by the bug reporter, the bug will go
to the Bugzilla component owner. Component owners are expected to review
bug reports regularly, reassign bugs to correct owners, ensure test cases
exist, track the progress toward resolving important fixes, and otherwise
manage the bugs in the component. In some cases the Bugzilla component
owner and the related module owner may be the same person. But in many
cases they will be different.
- Mozilla Foundation
- The Mozilla Foundation is a
California not-for-profit corporation that provides
organizational, legal, and financial support for the Mozilla
project. Its employees have many organizational and technical
roles within the Mozilla project.
- Projects and Companies Using Mozilla Code
- Mozilla code is used
by a wide variety of open source projects and companies building commercial
products. The list grows constantly. A partial list
of Mozilla-based products and projects, as of July 2001 is here. Please
send mail to email@example.com to update this list.