November Blogging Challenge

Last month, Dugh issued the October Blogging Challenge, which grew from a week of daily posts to a month of daily posts. This month, I’d like to do something a little different.

As you probably know, today is the official release date of Mozilla Firefox 1.0. Firefox is a free, open source web browser. Not only that, it’s also the best web browser I have ever used, and one of my favorite pieces of software. It is easy to install, simple to use, and yet more powerful than the marketshare leader. It is highly configurable via extensions, yet you could never install a single extension and still have an incredibly useable, powerful browser. It is one of a handful of products which I can say has changed the way I use computers. It is made for all users, not just tech geeks like myself. In the past year, even through several beta versions, I’ve encouraged many people to switch- including my children. If you’ve never used it before, I encourage you to Get Firefox… but that is not the point of this post, or of the Challenge.

Of all of Firefox’s features, the one I want to focus on is the people. Firefox is a product of the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization created to support the development of the open source Mozilla platform. Thousands of volunteers have contributed… bug reports, code patches, suggestions, themes, extensions, and even cash. There are many people, none of whom I know, who deserve thanks today. Ben Goodger, Chief Engineer for the Firefox project, touched on this today in his 1.0 release anouncement post on his Firefox Weblog. Ben himself deserves thanks as well, for seeing this project through and delivering a world-class product. On a personal note, he even found time to comment on this site when I complained about the Firefox marketing effort several months ago. No complaints now!

So to Ben Goodger, everyone at the Mozilla Foundation, and everyone who has contributed to the Firefox project – Thank You. You have done a very great service to the community of the web.

The November Blogging Challenge, then, is simple. If there is an open source project, a useful website, or even a blog which has benefited you in some way, blog a “Thank You” this month. Tell everyone about why you like it, and tell those who made it that their work is appreciated. If you have the means, consider supporting your favorite open source project with a donation, if they accept them. Today I donated $50 to the Mozilla Foundation as another way of saying “Thank You,” and “Keep up the good work.”

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3 Responses to “November Blogging Challenge”

  1. Uncle Roger Says:

    I’m in…<br/>

    Can I start with your site? 8^)

    I’ve got quite a few such entries that are long overdue. Thanks!

  2. dugh Says:

    my entry<br/>

    my response to the challenge is finally up. no suprises, probably! http://sp.ookee.com/journal/geek/tech/0411openSource.html

  3. douglas.nerad » February 2007 Blog Challenge Says:

    […] Previous challenges included a post a day for a solid week (which turned into a month!), two “thank you” challenges, a yearly goals challenge (I think I failed miserably on that one!), dealing with the alphabet, a non-blogging challenge, tips and tricks, a formative school event challenge, and a favourite posts listing.. […]