Open Everything in Singapore

(Sigh, this post is a week late, but I’m in my mid-term break now and it’s finally time for a much-needed breather. First 2 photos below courtesy of Mark Surman.)

A few weeks ago at the Mozilla Summit, Mark Surman, the incoming Executive Director for Mozilla Foundation, invited me to take part in a lightning talk about Mozilla as part of the local Open Everything event in Singapore. He was so convincing that I couldn’t turn him down.

On 15 Sept 2008, I had the privilege of "speed geek"-ing Mozilla, which went along the lines of having a rotating audience. Each time you (the speaker) could talk for a couple of minutes on a chosen topic and conduct a Q&A with an audience of around 5-6 people, and after that the audience group moves on to the next speaker, etc. Having a total of six speakers at the speed geek session, the attendees were divided into 6 groups, and all-in-all, I spoke about Mozilla 6 times for just under an hour.

Interesting questions were "What advantage does Firefox offer over Safari?" and "Does Firefox aim to have the highest market share?"

Since the groups had different opinions, whatever was discussed varied slightly, but they fit along these lines:

  • History of Mozilla, Netscape, the suite days.
  • Thunderbird is widely known, though not as well as Firefox.
  • There is now competition in the browser space; Google Chrome and Safari are among the ones listed the most often.
  • The folks occasionally answer among themselves, as there are some Firefox users present.

Generally, the overall feel is that people here _are_ aware of and are using open source, especially Firefox and Ubuntu, but they are mostly just users and are curious to know more.

My photos:

Mark.

Richard Fuchs, IDRC, interview by Willie Cheng, Lien Centre and Paolina Martin, SMU

Another shot of Mark.

Mark, again.

This says it all.