In order to show its support towards the open source and free software movement, Mozilla, the company behind the much famous Firefox browser, has allocated a total of $1 million as grants to be used to support free and open-source software projects around the world.
According to the company, they are an integral part of the open source and free software movement as they were practically born out of this movement.
“We prosper because of the technology and activism which comes from this movement. And we know that open source and free software remains a key part of the Internet and the online life we seek to build,” wrote Mitchell Baker in a blog post talking about the new development.
The company have had the grant program for many years now but they thought now was the perfect time to formalize a systematic way to provide a new level of support to the open source and free software community.
The company has decided to make a total of about 10 grants initially, and the initial $1 million grant sum could also be increased over time. Mozilla has decided to put the money partly towards open-source tools that the company makes use of internally ( Ansible, Docker, Selenium, and SQLite).
Mozilla’s open-source credentials makes this news a significant one in the technology world. Not only is Firefox free, it’s an open-source software.
According to Baker’s blogpost, The Mozilla Open Source Support program encompasses both: a) a ‘give back’ element for open source and free software projects that Mozilla relies on; and b) a ‘give forward’ component for supporting other projects where financial resources from Mozilla can make our entire community more successful.
Mozillla designed the Mozilla Open Source Support program with an aim of recognising and celebrating communities that are leading the way with open source projects that are contributing to their work and the overall health of the Web.