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Who Is Mitchell Baker

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The funky Chief Lizard Wrangler of Mozilla Corporation


Mitchell Baker is the CEO of Mozilla Corporation, part of the company behind the open source Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email program. She is also on the board of directors of the Open Source Applications Foundation.

Winifred Mitchell Baker started her career as a lawyer, working in corporate and intellectual property law. She then spent nearly a year at SUN Microsystems, one of the early companies to consider the value of open source software. Thereafter she joined the legal department of Netscape, another open source development.

In 1999 she was promoted to General Manager of Netscape's Mozilla Open Source Project, but was laid off in 2001 by America Online, who owned Netscape. Mitchell continued to volunteer for the Mozilla organisation.

In 2002 she was employed by the Open Source Applications Foundation as a member of the board. She helped to develop the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, and became its President, in 2003 after AOL dumped Netscape.  In 2005 she launched the Mozilla Corporation.

In 2005 she was voted one of the 100 most influencial people in the world by Time magazine.

Internet Circus 

Apart from the double-style hair do, this is what caught my attention...

So how does a powerful CEO release a little steam, get some exercise, and general handle the circus that is the Internet? Why, she goes flying around on a trapeze, of course? Did you have to ask?

See more on Mitchell Baker's blog

Here's another great article about Mozilla and Mitchell Baker by David Freedman

Interview with Mitchell Baker 

CeBIT Australia 2007: Mozilla - Mitchell Baker

Interview with Mitchell Baker, CEO of Mozilla at CeBIT Australia 2007.

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Be Happy at Work: 100 Women Who Love Their Jobs, and Why

Why are some people happy at work and others not? Joanne Gordon - contributing editor at Forbes magazines - wanted to find out so she interviewed 100 women with varied careers: truck-drivers, CEOs, retailers. Then she boils down what makes them happy to a few common themes - process, purpose and people.

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Inspiration to Realization: Real Women Reveal Proven Strategies for Personal, Business, Financial and Spiritual Fulfillment

This book is packed full of wonderful ideas and tips to create a whole, fulfilling life personally, professionally and spiritually.

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Photos of Mitchell Baker 

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Mitchell Baker (President and Chief Lizard Wrangler of the Mozilla Foundation)

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One Laptop Per Child and amusing demographics 

Recently on her blog, Mitchell Baker featured a photograph showing her family and a guest working around the dining room table - in this photograph there are two adults (plus the photographer makes three) and a child (so, four people) and six (count them) laptop computers!

You can see that photo here.

This meeting was to do with the One Laptop Per Child programme - more about that below...

One Laptop Per Child 

I have wanted my own laptop since I was old enough to use a computer (about 9 or 10). It's funny to think that I'm a writer and I spend a good part of my day sitting in front of my PC, writing - but I've never gotten around to owning a laptop.

I can imagine how owning a laptop might make some of what I do a little easier, more convenient - I might get more work done, I might have less social life. But I've always found something else, more important, to spend (or save) the money that I could have spent on a laptop.

So, One Laptop Per Child. What's that all about?

I'm too old now to qualify (damn!). But children in under developed countries are really struggling to get an education, and the OLPC programme is trying to address this by making laptops available for each child.

Why laptops? Why not PCs? Why not paper, pens, and books?

Laptops, not PCs, because many of these areas don't have power supplies. Laptops can run on batteries. When the child returns to school, or wherever there is power, they can swap their battery for a recharged one. Schools in remote areas can connect their children to the online community even without power.

So, why not spend the money on books?

Well, that's my question too. Books are cheaper, and they're proven for educational purposes. Surely, if you want to reach as many poor people as possible, supplying books would be a cheaper and better option?

But there's also the issue of connecting to the 21st century. There's an amazing world out here. And there's also an amazing world in these poorer countries.

We all benefit from interacting with each other. It's about giving some people a few more opportunities than they would otherwise have - the opportunity to reach out to others, to tell their story, to engage and even influence, to help and get help.

It's also about learning to use technology, so that these people have a chance to get a job in a city, where a computer doesn't look like something dropped out of the sky by a flying saucer.

Books age. Some books are eternal, but textbooks in particular are out of date the moment they're printed. With computing and Internet resources, updates are minutes away. Information (while not always correct) is current and easy to get.

Get more information about One Laptop Per Child

More details about the One Laptop Per Child project 

Interview with Mitchell Baker 

Mitchell Baker Interview Part 1

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Mitchell Baker Interview Part 2

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Interview with Mitchell Baker - Part 4

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Interview with Mitchell Baker - Part 5

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Interview with Mitchell Baker - Part 6

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Interview with Mitchell Baker - Part 8

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Mitchell Baker's blog 

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What are Mozilla, Firefox, and Thunderbird? 



"The mission of the Mozilla project is to preserve choice and innovation on the Internet.

We are:

The producer and provider of the award-winning Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail software.

A software development tools provider.

An open source community of developers and testers.

A partner for the technology industry.

An advocate for standards on the Net who provides tools for developing standard web content.

Educators, providing educational materials about Internet technologies and software development."


Firefox is an open source web browser offered free by Mozilla as an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.

Many people consider Firefox better than Internet Explorer, because it has so many software developers voluntarily working on it to iron out any kinks and problems. It's also safer to use since hackers and spammers tend to target the greater number of users of the more popular Internet Explorer.

Image is the Firefox logo.

More info / Download Firefox


Thunderbird is the open source emailing program, also an alternative to Microsoft software (Outlook and Outlook Express).

More info / Download Thunderbird

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Firefox For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

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Firefox Hacks: Tips & Tools for Next-Generation Web Browsing (Hacks)

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Programming Firefox: Building Rich Internet Applications with XUL (Programming)

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