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Interview with Tristan Nitot, President, Mozilla Europe

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Q: This is Sean Daly reporting for Groklaw. I'm at FOSDEM 1 in Brussels, and I'm seated here with Tristan Nitot who is president of Mozilla Europe. Thank you very much for being with us today.

Tristan Nitot: Oh, it's a pleasure.

Q: I would like to ask you a few questions. First of all, could you tell me how many Mozilla developers are here in Brussels this weekend?

Tristan Nitot: It depends what you call a developer. I would rather say contributor. We're, I think, pretty close to a hundred.

Q: A hundred? Now, let me ask you another question: What do 100 Mozilla contributors do together in a room?

Tristan Nitot: Well, we communicate. We socialize. You know, we collaborate on a daily basis using electronic means; we use Bugzilla, we use IRC, we use e-mail. But nothing replaces the bandwidth of, you know, human interaction and face-to-face. And nothing replaces the fact that you share a beer with someone you've been maybe fighting a bit over time on such-and-such feature that was not included or was, you know -- you don't always agree when you work together, and especially it's easy to fight on e-mail or stuff like that, but when you're facing the person and you say, "OK, let me buy you a beer", and suddenly things go smoother again. So it's very important to meet in person.

Q: Well, Brussels is certainly one of the finest places to find a beer to work out differences with anybody. [laughter] Now, I saw that Firefox 3 Beta 1 is out. Can you tell us what's coming up in Firefox 3?

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