Mozilla pays out $385,000 to support open-source projects

June 23, 2016 // 11:42 a.m.

Tags: #caddy #firefox #floss #foss #getdns #godot #lets-encrypt #mio #mozilla #mozilla-foundation #nvda #open-source #pears #rust #tails #tor

Mozilla, the company best known for the open-source Firefox web browser, has paid out $385,000 to other open-source projects which support its overarching goals.

As part of the company's Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) programme, Mozilla announced that it was to pick fellow open-source projects which align with the company's official manifesto and offer them financial support. This week, the company announced that it had transferred over the first of its payments, totalling $385,000, to eight awardees, and that it will continue to pay out throughout the year up to its initial 2016 budget of $1.6 million.

The first to benefit from Mozilla's largesse are: Tor, the privacy-centric distributed router network originally created by the US Navy, which is awarded $152,500 to enhance its metrics infrastructure for stability and performance monitoring; Tails, the amnesic incognito live system Linux distribution recommended by Edward Snowden, which is awarded $77,000 to implement reproducible builds of its software; Caddy, an HTTP/2 web server with integrated Let's Encrypt support, which is awarded $50,000 to fund the addition of a REST API, web user interface, and improved documentation; Mio, a Rust-based asynchronous input-output library, which is awarded $30,000 to improve its API; getdns, an asynchronous DNS API, which is awarded $25,000 to complete an IETF standard proposal and reference implementations of DNSSEC and DANE TLS extensions designed to improve performance; Godot, a game engine with HTML5 deployment support, which is awarded $20,000 to add support for web sockets, WebAssembly, and WebGL 2.0; PeARS, the peer-to-peer agent for reciprocated search platform, which is awarded $15,500 to allow its team members to meet face-to-face for improved collaboration as the software heads into beta; and NVDA, the NonVisual Desktop Access screen-reader package for Windows, which is awarded $15,000 to ensure compatibility with the new multi-process versions of Firefox.

'Open Source is a movement that is only growing, both in numbers and in importance,' the Mozilla team said of the programme. 'Operating in the open makes for better security, better accessibility, better policy, better code and, ultimately, a better world.'
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