March 6, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) Mozilla announced their plans to expand into China on Friday. Mozilla China will build a Chinese version of the Mozilla web site, provide technical and architectural direction for Mozilla development in China, organize and operate discussion forums, and develop Mozilla source code in China.
The launch of Mozilla China follows similar international affiliate programs Mozilla Europe and Mozilla Japan.
The Mozilla China project has been spearheaded by the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) and the Sun (China) Engineering and Research Institute (ERI). ISCAS is a government funded research institute in China which focuses on computer science theory as well as software technology. ERI is a part of Suns international R&D program.
"We are extremely excited to announce the launch of Mozilla China," said Mitchell Baker, president of the Mozilla Foundation. "Mozilla China will be responsible for promoting our mission of software choice and innovation throughout China. We believe there is tremendous potential for success in this new market and that the people of China will embrace our award-winning open source products. Additionally, China is a great resource for the open source community and we look forward to building a strong developer community."