Mozilla developers move to Palm
Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, who have been at Mozilla directing the Developer Tools Lab since its inception in October 2008, creating products such as Bespin, have moved to smartphone manufacturer Palm. They will become the Directors of the Palm Developer Relations Team. The team handles relations between the community of web developers and the firm. Almaer announced the move in his web log.
In February, the Developer Tools Labs launched Bespin, an online, cloud based, editor designed to be an extendable framework for application developers. According to Galbraith, the editor was developed as a reaction to the excitement about smaller hardware becoming more useful as more applications shift to the web. But he explains, the excitement was muted because of the "Orwellian" attitudes of some companies that were trying to tell developers which programs to develop and how to sell software.
Galbraith says in his blog that both he and Almaer "believe in the Web platform – an open platform that no single vendor controls – and we believe in empowering and enabling developers" and that they "can’t wait to put these ideals into practice in our work at Palm". In his blog post, Almar adds, “the fact that Mozilla is a community gives us a unique opportunity to continue to work with the Bespin project. You can’t say that about too many companies out there."