The Mozilla Foundation is branching out. It has created a for-profit subsidiary which aims to pursue an even wider userbase for the Firefox browser. The new Mozilla Corporation will allow the company to offer some services and support for a fee - something it says it can't do as a non-profit body.
Most of the company's 40 employees are to transfer to the new corporation, which will be headed up by Mitchell Baker. However, it insists its current operations won't change and a v1.5 release of Firefox is still on target for later this year.
Baker said:"The health of the Mozilla project, its long-term sustainability and its role in maintaining diversity to the web is critical for the web. The Mozilla Foundation is extremely important in this goal, and extremely important to me personally. Many people, myself included, have worked for years to see the Mozilla Foundation come to life, the Mozilla project grow and tens of millions of people choose Mozilla products. The Mozilla Corporation is another organisational tool to bring these goals about."
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