Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Firefox might be free, but that doesn't mean Mozilla is in the poorhouse. Although some speculated on one, higher, figure, Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation, said that Mozilla made just under $53 million in 2005.
The 2005 revenue figure is a dramatic jump from previous years for Mozilla. Baker noted that 2004 revenues were only $5.8 million, while 2003 revenues were less than half of that at $2.4 million.
Baker attributed the growth in revenue to the popularity and growth of Mozilla's flagship browser Firefox 1.0, which launched in November 2004. In 2006, Mozilla released Firefox 2.0.
Baker reported that the bulk of Mozilla's 2005 revenue came from search engine relationships. She did not disclose or name the search engine vendor in her official report, though it is widely known that Mozilla has a strategic relationship with Google.