Namoroka: It’s not just the code name for Firefox 3.6

At Mozilla we foster a healthy ecosystem of communities that promote
the ability to freely access, modify and distribute software and
creative works. These ecosystems create a digital commons; a shared
space, shared resources or network of ideas, applications and products
that are free to use.

Much like a park is a vital ecosystem for collaboration, recreation,
conservation and commerce, the values of park ring very true within the
open source software moment. Take a look back at Firefox release history and
you’ll see that previous versions of have been named after parks like
Gran Paradiso (Italy), Bon Echo (Canada) and Shiretoko (Japan). Mozilla
community members in Japan were so honoured to have Firefox 3.5
code-named after their UNSECO world heritage site park, Shiretoko, that
they created Discover Shiretoko
to celebrate the park as an important part of their national heritage
and to celebrate Firefox and its role in creating a better Internet.

There is a story here to be told about the history of Mozilla and of
Firefox and at the same time, we have an opportunity to use the shared
values we have with these parks to do some good.

The newest pre-release code name for Firefox
is Namoroka, named for a park in the northwest section of Madagascar.
Famous for its Karst topography (or Tsingy as it is described in
Malagasy), Namoroka is full of caves, canyons and natural swimming
pools. Namoroka is also home to eight species of adorable lemur.

Since we’re very fond of things tailed and furry at Mozilla, we’ve
decided to celebrate the release of Firefox 3.6 by raising money to
protect lemurs in Namoroka park and throughout Madagascar.  As a nation
Madagascar is struggling to improve the quality of life for its rapidly
growing human population and at the same time is struggling to find a
way to preserve the forests and wildlife that remains.


To help, Mozilla is teaming up with the Madagascar Fauna Group (MFG)
to help Madagascar through this challenging time. The MFG has been
working on conservation in Madagascar for more than 20 years,
addressing the environmental and social issues that are leading to
deforestation and the trapping of lemurs.

The money we raise for this project will be used to help the MFG
improve its website and online fundraising activities, connecting them
with like-minded contributors and donors around the world. This
donation will also support conservation and education programs on the
island. By enhancing their presence within the web ecosystem, we can
help them protect the natural ecosystem of Madagascar.



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