Mozilla calls to the enterprise
Mozilla has announced the re-establishment of the Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group. The move comes after relations with enterprise users of Firefox became strained with the arrival of Firefox's new rapid release schedule. Enterprise users felt that they would be unable to test and verify Firefox for use in their organisations. Initially, their concerns were dismissed, but Mozilla later moved to a more conciliatory stance and began to work on ways to address the issues raised. The re-establishment of the working group is the first step in that process.
The Mozilla Enterprise Working Group was last active in 2007 when it had three phone conference meetings, but then, apparently, ceased to operate. The Enterprise User Working Group is being reactivated as a way for enterprise users to work with Mozilla and discuss the challenges they face. Participation centres around a regular, themed, monthly phone conference call, with users being able to withhold their corporate affiliations; there will also be a mailing list and in person meetings.
The first meeting of the re-established group will discuss how enterprises can work with the new release cycle. A public summary of the discussion will be published. Any enterprise or IT manager wishing to participate in the group should contact Mozilla by email stating their name, organisation, email address, why they want to participate and what subjects they are looking forward to discussing.