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Hello Planet Mozilla
Hello Planet Mozilla
I started as a new employee a few weeks ago. I am working as Release Manager for the next releases of Firefox (both on desktop + android).
As a start, Lukas and I will be working on Firefox 29 (no pressure at all to start with Australis + Firefox account).
I grew up with the first versions of Netscape, followed the Phoenix/Firebird adventures and I have been a supporter of Firefox since then.
I am glad to join such an important project, especially in the perspective of the recent privacy scandals. I think that Mozilla is in the best position to communicate to the public, to denounce certain activities and provides technologies to bypass them.
Besides that, let me introduce myself. I have been in free software for almost a decade.
My previous work as working on Scilab (from Inria to Scilab Enterprises) where I stayed for almost 8 years. Over the years, I worked on various development (C, C++, Java, Python, Scilab, etc), user experience, roadmap definition, release management, R and D / customer project management, management, board member, etc. During this period, I learnt tons of things from coding, release and product management, QA, etc.
In parallel, I worked part time at IRILL, a free software research center (hosted by Inria). I was involved as community management ie organizing event like GNU Hacker meeting, FOSDEM, Euro LLVM, etc and recording them. I had the chance to meet plenty of people from the FLOSS world (including folks from Mozilla who suggested me to join the adventure).
I am also involved in two communities: Debian and LLVM.
The first one is Debian. I started to contribute in Debian to get Scilab properly packaged. 7 years after, I am now maintaining important packages like LLVM, Clang, libedit, emscripten (!) or BLAS/LAPACK, treasurer of the French representative association and organizing the French mini Debian Conference (Debconf) / Meetup.
For the last couple of years, I contributed to LLVM, Clang and LLDB. I participated to the release 3.3 and 3.4. My technical contributions were mainly driven by the packaging, the nightly Debian/Ubuntu packages and also by the rebuild of the Debian archive using Clang (instead of gcc).
And when I am not behind my laptop, I am teaching scuba diving with my girlfriend or hiking, mountaineering, ski touring, climbing, etc.
Yeh, I am a bit hyperactive.
Congrats on the new job. Just a speculative thing: do you plan on experimenting with compilation/speed comparisons of firefox/iceweasel with clang against gcc?
I guess that this would be a super nice thing to know about the browsers.
Before I do something like this, would you anticipate any improvement at all from excluding features from firefox (e.g., accessibility features, parental controls etc.) as is advertised by this unofficial build for windows:
Thanks for any insight,
I am not planning to do that soon but that would be nice.
By the way, clang is already the compiler used to be Firefox under Mac OS X.