JavaScript creator Brendan Eich named as new CEO of Mozilla

Mozilla now has named its new leader and it's a person who has been with the company for quite a long time. Today, Mozilla announced that company co-founder Brendan Eich, who has served as its chief technology officer since 2005, will take over as its new CEO.

In a blog post, Mozilla notes that Eich has been with the company since it was first launched in 1998 and helped to develop the Netscape Navigator browser, the direct ancestor to Mozilla's Firefox. Perhaps his biggest achievement is creating JavaScript, which remains one of the most used programming languages for website developers.

In an interview with CNet today, Eich says that Mozilla's number one priority will be to expand its Firefox OS efforts, rather than its web browser. The HTML5-based mobile operating system that launched in 2013 has received mixed reviews so far, but Eich says that he wants to see it grow in the marketplace, especially with the cheap $25 smartphone market. However, he would not state when Firefox OS will make a formal introduction to the U.S. when asked.

Eich takes over from former Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs, who announced his departure in April 2013 after leading the company for two and a half years. Jay Sullivan served as acting CEO during the long search period and Mozilla says he will depart the company after a undisclosed transition period.

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They did release a buggy beta to testers.. It wasn't even usable on my Venue 8 Pro.. and so I never used it, uninstalled it ... Figured they'd sort it out not cancel it

The Modern beta... or should I say Alpha was part of their Desktop software, It wasn't even enabled by default so anyone simply downloading the latest Beta software for the sake of running the latest Firefox builds wouldn't even be aware of it. great way
to push something you want people to test... Hide it lol

No, Mozilla has no commitment to Windows users and so I've chosen a different browser

I even left a comment on my dissatisfaction on Mr Brendan Eich blog, no profanity just my opinion, It was Promptly deleted. Says all that needs to be said about Mozilla and its community driven org

dingl_ said,
They did release a buggy beta to testers.. It wasn't even usable on my Venue 8 Pro.. and so I never used it, uninstalled it ... Figured they'd sort it out not cancel it
It works perfectly fine for me o.o Was it really slow for you or something?

Pluto is a Planet said,
It works perfectly fine for me o.o Was it really slow for you or something?

What one do you use? It was painfully slow on my DV8P.

Mozilla's number one priority will be to expand its Firefox OS efforts, rather than its web browser
This doesn't sound good. TBH I don't see how going after the extreme low end of the smartphone market makes any sense while ignoring their core product.

In an interview with CNet today, Eich says that Mozilla's number one priority will be to expand its Firefox OS efforts, rather than its web browser.

Great way to go. /s Losing your core market while going after a market that is already quite populated and doesn't really need another ecosystem.

recursive said,
Are you talking about microsoft and windows phone?

Even if you take that route... Microsoft have the money to enter the market by force, Mozilla doesn't really possess the capital to do that.

And Microsoft were two years late to the game, Mozilla, 5 years. It has been hard enough for WP, Mozilla are really giving themselves a massive task. But I guess if it is cheap enough they have a chance to replace all feature phones, that even cheap WP/Android/Asha/Nokia X, etc are still priced above.

No Mozilla you got got it wrong. Dump all projects except Firefox and Thunderbird, offer these on what platforms you see fit but make the focus desktop but that's where you are still strong.

The only thing that makes sense for Mozilla and the only thing that has ever made sense since the very beginning is Firefox. Now they're de-prioritizing their heart and soul for some wet dream project? Genius.

oh well, i use Firefox from like... 2004 (great time here on Neowin btw) but i'm starting to dump it...this hedious browser can't 30+ tabs without consuming 1GB of RAM; same tabs on Chrome consume much, much less.

oh and i need to have 30+ tabs, just don't ask why as i can't answer you.

I have around 200 tabs open and Firefox very rarely consumes 1GB of RAM. There must be something wrong with your Firefox profile.

rck17 said,
I have around 200 tabs open and Firefox very rarely consumes 1GB of RAM. There must be something wrong with your Firefox profile.

on two different laptops? well it depends on the sites as well but still the memory management that Firefox does had better days.

You guys need to step away from the computer... :). Do you use some kind of add-in to even keep track of what you have open? Having 30, and I mean 200 tabs open at once...now that baffles me.

CEOs are supposed to be beacons of the philosophy and raison d'ĂȘtre of their company.
When you look at a CEO you're supposed to see what the company stands for.
Eich is a bigot and has a large chin.

tiagosilva29 said,
CEOs are supposed to be beacons of the philosophy and raison d'ĂȘtre of their company.
When you look at a CEO you're supposed to see what the company stands for.
Eich is a bigot and has a large chin.
That has nothing to do with my question.

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