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March 15, 2017


Mozilla Community Space Taipei Status Report, May 2014 - Feb 2017

“摩茲工寮, Mozilla Community Space Taipei” is an event/meeting/working space and shelter to the local Mozillians, Mozilla volunteers, and OSS communities.

It is the first of three spaces besides Manila Space & Jakarta Space. The spaces are leading by Mozilla Open Innovation Group's “community spaces” project, managing by local MozTW volunteers.

Here I will share about some brief status of the Taipei Space.

(I'll use “MozTW Space” or “Space” as the abbreviation to “Mozilla Community Space Taipei” below.)

Cover of the slide

MozTW Community

Mozilla Taiwan Community (MozTW) is a local Mozilla volunteer community. We had contributing by localizing, promoting Firefox, Mozilla and open cultures to Mozilla and open source projects since 2004.


MozTW maintained an online product portal and forum, hosting many offline events and engaging with other Asia Mozillians and open source hackers.

moztw.org website

History of Space

MozTW Space site

The Community Space was an idea initially raised by William Quiviger in 2013, and sponsored by WPR team. We started the first experimental space in Taipei spring 2014.

After April 2016, the space project had transitioned to Participation Team, supported by Brian King. In February 2017, it has been transitioned to Open Innovation Group with the help by George Roter and Konstantina.



MozTW Space is co-managing by “Keyholder,” 15 local Mozilla volunteers. Keyholders are all vouched Mozillians, and has same privilege. People need to be countersigned by more than 50% of Mozillian visitors (in last three months) when they applied for the position. The threshold represents the community's support to the applicant.


Visitors & Events

Everyone is welcome to visiting MozTW space when there is any Keyholder inside. However, it's not opening 24 hours / 7 days a week due to the volunteers ability. In last three years, we managed to open the space 20~25 days per month in average. (mostly the night time)

Besides Mozilla events, we also welcome and support all open culture and programming communities to hosting their events in the MozTW Space. Totally there are more than 8000 visitors and 760 events since May 2014.

Opening status

Some of the most closing cooperate communitiess including G0V, OSM, Wikimedia Taiwan, Creative Commons Taiwan, Open Culture Foundation, SITCON (Students Information Technology Conference) and WoFOSS (Women in Free and Open Source Software in Taiwan).

Half year status

One of the primary goals is to introduce Mozilla and our belief to new friends. In last six month (Sep-Feb), more than 410 visitors had learned about Mozilla on their first visit to the Space (out of 1800 visitors in 167 events).

We introduce Mozilla, Manifesto, our different projects, topics around internet health and policy, and new technologies we're building.


Since Dec 2015, we put emphasis on developer relationship. There are 168 developer events, and we introduce Rust, Servo, HTML5, WebAPI and developer tools to more than 4000 local programmers.

Social Engagement

On social engagement, we had received 2550 Check-ins and 1100 Likes on Facebook and Foursquare. And in fact, we didn't ask people to do it. These social channels had become a good way for us to promoting openness.

Social engagement

And we issue Open Badges...

Open badge

… to the visitors around the world - including Mark Surman, Brian King, Larissa Shapiro, William Quiviger, Dietrich Ayala, Max Ogden, Fa-ti Fan, 田爱娜 and many more.

Visitors photo wall

MozTW Lab

MozTW Lab

One of the best events is “MozTW Lab,” Mozillian weekly meetup on each Friday night. Volunteers get together to socialize, work, and give lightning talks on various topics including Mozilla's latest update.

This meetup had been running for seven years, and there are 77 lightning talk sessions recorded/live broadcasted through Vidyo from Space since 2014.


Here are some photo highlights of the space,

Photo highlights
Photo highlights


Looking forward to your visit!

Contact info

(Download the full slide here.)

by Irvin Chen (noreply@blogger.com) at March 15, 2017 03:08 AM

March 13, 2017


Ben’s Story of Firefox OS

Like my good old colleague Ben Francis, I too have a lot to say about Firefox OS.

It’s been little over a year since my team and I moved away from Firefox OS and the ill-fated Connected Devices group. Over the course of last year, each time I think about the Firefox OS experience, I arrived at different conclusions and complicated, sometimes emotional, belives. I didn’t feel I am ready to take a snapshot of these thoughts and publish it permanently, so I didn’t write about it here. Frankly, I don’t even think I am ready now.

In his post, Ben has pointed out many of the turning points of the project. I agree with many of his portrayals, most importantly, lost of direction between being a product (which must ship fast and deliver whatever partners/consumers wanted and used to) and a research project (which involves engineering endeavors that answer questions asked in the original announcement). I, however, have not figured out what can be done instead (which Ben proposed in his post nicely).

Lastly, a final point: to you, this might as well be another story in the volatile tech industry, but to me, I felt the cost of people enormously whenever a change was announced during the “slow death” of Firefox OS.

People moves on and recovers, including me (which fortunately wasn’t nearly being hit the hardest). I can only extend my best wishes to those who had fought the good fight with.

by timdream at March 13, 2017 02:50 PM

March 02, 2017


Firefox <3 Tor Browser

如果你曾用過 Tor,你很可能用過 Tor 瀏覽器;如果你用過 Tor 瀏覽器,你就用過 Firefox。Tor 瀏覽器幾乎就是 Firefox - 雖然有改動和增加一些程式碼,但 Tor 瀏覽器中 95% 左右的程式碼來自 Firefox。Firefox 和 Tor 瀏覽器團隊已經合作了很長一段時間,但在 2016 年,我們開始了前所未有的緊密合作,藉著這些合作,Tor 瀏覽器團隊能更順利的進行他們的工作,為 Firefox 使用者加入更多的隱私性功能,並且讓兩個瀏覽器都更安全。

Tor 瀏覽器團隊利用 Firefox ESR(企業版),再加上一些額外的 patch,來建造 Tor 瀏覽器。這些 patch 提供了 Tor 瀏覽器使用者們重要的隱私功能,但也表示每當 Tor 瀏覽器團隊要使用一版新的 Firefox 時,他們必須修改那些 patch 以符合新版的 Firefox,這樣的工作佔了 Tor 瀏覽器開發大部份的時間。

2016 年,我們開始將 Tor 瀏覽器的 patch 拿來,uplift 到 Firefox。當一個 patch 被 uplift 時,我們把 Tor 瀏覽器的改變加進 Firefox,預設都設為關閉,但可以透過設定開啟。這使 Tor 瀏覽器團隊的工作減少了,因為他們只需要更改設定,而不用更新 patch。這也讓 Firefox 團隊有機會測試 Tor 瀏覽器先進的隱私功能,考慮是否能進一步開放給更多的使用者。

這個 uplift 專案的第一個目標是一個叫 First Party Isolation(譯註:第一方隔離?)的功能,它提供了非常強的反追蹤保護(但可能會使某些網站無法正常顯示)。Mozilla 組成了一個專門的團隊(譯註:有我有我!Fixed bugs 有 12 個是我解的哈哈),使用當初實作 Containers 的技術,將 Tor 瀏覽器中的 First Party Isolation 功能實作到 Firefox 中。這個團隊也透過自動化測試和 QA 的協助來確保 Firefox 的隔離至少和 Tor 瀏覽器一樣強,甚至找到了一些 Tor 瀏覽器可以更加強的地方。這段時間內,Mozilla 的團隊和 Tor 瀏覽器的團隊合作密切,包含每週的視訊會議,以及九月的一次面對面會議。

First Party Isolation 將會被包含在 Firefox 52 中,而 Tor 瀏覽器的下一個版本也會建立在這之上。因此,Tor 瀏覽器團隊將不需要再為這個版本更新 First Party Isolation 的 patch。在 Firefox 中,First Party Isolation 預設是關閉的(因為相容性的問題),但 Firefox 使用者可以透過將 about:config 中的 privacy.firstparty.isolate 設為 true 來打開這個功能。

我們很興奮能在 2017 年持續這份合作。首先我們很快會開始 uplift 一系列的 patch 來防止瀏覽器上的指紋分析 (fingerprinting)。另外對於 sandboxing,我們也會研究如何結合 Yawning Angel 已經在 Tor 瀏覽器上做的,和 Firefox 預計於 2017 年初開始釋出的 sandboxing 功能

最後,我們也不能忘記 Mozilla 和 Tor 專案之間持續合作解決各種安全漏洞。幾週前,我們雙方同時被通知了一個利用 Firefox 中的零時差漏洞針對 Tor 瀏覽器的攻擊。我們合作在 24 小時之內開發、測試、並修復了這兩個瀏覽器。

由 Firefox 和 Tor 瀏覽器團隊的合作,可以看出 Mozilla 的開放、自主參與的原則是如何推動網路的安全和隱私性。我們很自豪在 2016 年和 Tor 瀏覽器完成了這些,我們也期望能持續打造一個更安全且更注重隱私的網路。

原文 / Tor at the Heart: Firefox | The Tor Blog
作者 / Ethan Tseng and Richard Barnes
翻譯 / Po-Hsiang (Jonathan) Hao
授權 / 創用 CC 姓名標示 4.0 國際 授權條款

φ Irvin 編輯

by Irvin Chen (noreply@blogger.com) at March 02, 2017 12:56 PM

January 06, 2017


Big5 與 WHATWG Encoding Standard

到了 2017 年還是要講 Big5 編碼……這篇算是 But 的 Big5-UAO 從頭說起的續篇。

WHATWG Encoding Standard 是一個用 WHATWG 名義發表,試圖最後一次解決規範瀏覽器對 Web 的不同編碼的行為的規格書,還有提供標準的 DOM API。大約幾年前開始,規格書的編輯就和 MozTW 社群這邊討論,想要知道要如何產生一個統一的 Web 使用的 Big5 字碼表。

XKCD: 標準規範

討論滿攏長的,總之最後的結論是因為在 Web 上沒有看到顯著的使用 Big5-UAO 編碼的網站,所以 Web 應該使用基於 Big5-HKSCS 的字碼表。那個字碼表後來也就和 Encoding Standard 一起被發表出來且實作在 Firefox 43 中。

當初其實和 but 一樣有點錯愕(或是哀傷)的,不過想想台灣(或是台灣的原 Big5-UAO 使用者)比起香港能夠先拋棄 Big5,到一種 Web 上量不到有使用狀況的情況,其實是一種成就啊。Big5-UAO 在 PTT 等環境的使用對使用者來說也是近乎透明的(由 BBS Client 直接支援),也算對這個字碼表的地位的重要承認。

會突然想起這事,後來也發現是因為跟 HKSCS 有關:#whatwg 上面在問 Encoding Standard 表的重複對應問題,研究之後發現是因為 Big5-HKSCS 沒有處理,把變成重複編碼只對應到單一的 Unicode 字碼導致的。原本 Big5 的重複文字有兩個,會對應到 CJK Compatibility Ideographs 去。

我昨天也就順手更新了 MozTW 網站上那份 Mozilla 系列與 Big5 中文字碼文件(不知為何後來就變成我維護了)。希望這次是最後一次更新了。相關的討論都有在那份文件上連結,可供參考。

by timdream at January 06, 2017 05:40 AM

January 02, 2017


Firefox 使用 Adblock Plus 時記憶體更省了

譯註:本文原文發表於 2015 年七月。2015 年 9 月發佈的 Firefox 41 已針對此問題進行更新,縮減了 Adblock 等類似情境下的記憶體用量,本文為問題與解決過程的概述,於 2016 年 5 月完成翻譯。

去(2014)年,我寫了一篇文章,討論 ABP 對 Firefox 的記憶體使用情況的影響,以下是該篇文章的重點。

第一點, 只要啟用 ABP,就會持續佔用大約 60~70 MiB 的資源。[…] 這看起來大概是因為有額外的 JavaScript 記憶體用量,也有部分原因歸咎於額外記憶體用於版面配置。

第二點,每一個 iframe 都會占用約 4 MiB 的資源。這是因為 ABP 會把一個龐大的樣式置入每一個 iframe 中。許多網頁上都會有多個 iframe,因此被占用的記憶體也會快速的增加。 舉例來說,如果我開啟了 TechCrunch,然後捲到每一篇文章中的社群網站按紐 […],在沒有開啟 ABP 的情況下,Firefox 使用了大約 194 MiB 記憶體,開啟了 ABP 後,占用的量變為 417 MiB,先前的兩倍以上。

還有一個更極端的案例是 這個網頁,它包含超過 400 個 iframes。在沒有 ABP 的情況下,Firefox 會使用大約 370 MiB 的資源,開啟了 ABP 後,占用的量就上升到了 1,960 MiB。(譯註:原始連結已消失,[1] [2] 是近似的重製頁面)

(其實這一段敘述不太精確;實際上的資源使用量是以「文件」(Document)數計算,包含了分頁中的最上層文件和 iframe 裡的文件。)

上個禮拜,Mozilla 的開發人員 Cameron McCormack 完成了一些補丁(Patch)修正  bug 77999,這個 bug 已經存在超過 14 年。這個補丁讓 CSS 的關聯資料能被共享(具體來說,這些補丁增加了一個資料結構來共享「使用者代理樣式表」的結果)就此完全解決了第二個問題,兩個問題之中比較重要的部分。

舉例來說,在上面提到的「極端例子」(概稱 Vim Color Scheme Test)裡,每個文件的記憶體用量都減少了 3.62 MiB。該網頁中有 429 個文件,總共減少了大約 1,500 MiB,讓該網頁的記憶體使用量下降到 450 MiB 左右,和沒有開啟 ABP 時相比已經沒有差那麼多了。(這些數據都是在 64 位元的架構下進行測試的。)

我也在多個網站上測試,並且確認當啟用 ABP 時,每個文件均能節省約 3.6 MiB 的記憶體。 不同網頁上的文件數目相差甚大,因此實際效果取決於頁面狀態(我想再針對 TechCrunch 做測試,但是它的首頁已經整個換新了,且不再觸發這麼大量的記憶體。)舉例來說,我在其中一個測試時分別打開了 紐約時報CNNBBC 的首頁和其中的四篇文章,總共有 15 個分頁。在包含了 Cameron 補丁的 Firefox 上啟用 ABP 時,可以少用約 90 MiB 的記憶體,減少了 10%以上。

就算沒有使用 ABP,這個補丁仍然有其他好處。比如說,在 Vim Color Scheme Test 裡,每個文件的實體記憶體用量都下降約 0.09 MiB,總共減少了 40 MiB 左右。

如果您想要自行測試的使用量的變化,您會需要 Nightly 版本的 Firefox 和 ABP 的開發中版本(因為最近出現了一個和 JavaScript 分析有關的錯誤,造成舊的 ABP 無法在 Nightly 上運作)。 在 Firefox 的 about:memory 頁面中,您可以發現「style-sets」的大小變小了。您也會在「layout/rule-processor-cache」下方看到一個新項目,這是新的共享資料的量測數據,它通常只有幾 MiB 而已。

這項改進已經準備放進 Firefox 41 ,並預定於 2015 年 9 月 22 日發佈。而其他釋出頻道的使用者,Firefox 41 Beta 預定將在 8 月 11 日釋出,而 Firefox 41 開發者版本則會於一、兩天內發佈。

原文 / Firefox 41 will use less memory when running AdBlock Plus | Nicholas Nethercote作者 / Nicholas Nethercote

φ 蒼天炎劍 翻譯 - Kevin-WY、Irvin 編輯

by Irvin Chen (noreply@blogger.com) at January 02, 2017 01:24 PM

December 15, 2016


使用 Firefox,分享更容易了!

在網路上找到某些東西後,想立即分享嗎?Firefox 的分享功能,可讓您在瀏覽器中直接分享頁面,而不必離開您訪問的網站。相當方便!

打開我們的社交服務頁面,點擊「立刻啟用」連接至 Facebook、Twitter、Yahoo! Mail、Tumblr、LinkedIn 等您偏好的網站。當您下次找到值得分享的東西時,只要點擊分享圖示(紙飛機),就能立刻送出。

> 立即設定輕鬆分享

原文 / Sharing made easy with Firefox | The Den
授權 / 創用 CC: BY-SA 3.0 或其後版本

φ iris 翻譯 - Kevin-WY 編輯

by Irvin Chen (noreply@blogger.com) at December 15, 2016 12:57 PM

November 15, 2016


Emoji for all Firefox users!

Back in June I worked on a desktop Firefox feature that would bundle the Emoji One font on Linux and Windows Firefox installs. By bundling the font (which converted to the right format for Gecko), Firefox users on Windows XP/7/8 and Linux can see color Emoji instead of blank tofu or black-and-white system default glyphs.

Today, this feature reaches release, on Firefox 50.

Wikipedia on Emoji, Firefox 49 on Windows 7

Before: Wikipedia on Emoji, Firefox 49 on Windows 7

Wikipedia on Emoji, Firefox 50 on Windows 7

After: Wikipedia on Emoji, Firefox 50 on Windows 7

Special thanks to Jonathan Kew on helping me address the issues found in the Gecko graphics code and font format conversion. Enjoy and try it on your browser 😁😁😁!

by timdream at November 15, 2016 04:00 PM

September 15, 2016


摩茲動手做(五)自己的瀏覽器自己改─使用新版 Firefox Addon SDK 開發簡單的附加元件

本文原文出自《小克'S 部落格》,作者小克更新謀智台客〈自己的瀏覽器自己改 (Part I) -利用Firefox Addon SDK開發簡單的附加元件〉一文,以新的 jpm 工具相關資訊,取代原文中使用的舊版 cfx 工具而成。

也歡迎參閱由 WM 撰寫的〈摩茲動手做(二)用 Add-on SDK 寫簡單的 Firefox 套件〉 一文。如果有開發相關疑問,歡迎加入 MozTW dev/add-on 開發 Telegram 聊天頻道,一起討論套件開發的心得與問題。


Firefox 最受歡迎的特色之一,就是量多而且質精的附加元件 (Add-on)。在 Firefox 附加元件網站中,您可以找到各式各樣的附加元件,滿足您上網的各種需求。在這篇文章中,我們將會介紹如何利用 Firefox Add-on SDK 撰寫簡單的附加元件,改變網頁的外觀與行為。



為了減輕開發者的負擔,Mozilla 推出 Add-on SDK,取代原來基於 XUL 技術的附加元件框架。相較於傳統的 XUL,Add-on SDK 提供更多簡單易用的 API,簡化開發流程,另外也提供了許多新的使用者介面元素,來配合新版的 Firefox 介面。

為了能夠使用最新的 API,建議您先更新 Firefox 到最新版

您還需要安裝最新版的 Add-on SDK,以下將以 Linux 平台作為教學範例 ( OS X 也適用 ),若是使用 Windows 請參考 Install the Add-on SDK

首先下載最新版的 Add-on SDK,您需要先安裝 npm (包含在 Node.js 中)。可以使用以下指令確認是否安裝過:

/usr/bin/env node -v

若顯示錯誤訊息如 /usr/bin/env: node: No such file or directory,則透過指令安裝:


sudo apt-get install nodejs-legacy

OS X(請先安裝 Homebrew 套件管理工具

brew install node

接者透過 npm 安裝 jpm

npm install jpm --global



若安裝成功您應該會看到 jpm 的可用指令統整畫面。

特別的是,只要安裝 jpm 時有使用 --global flag,就不用像舊式的 cfx 工具,需要使用指令啟用 Add-on SDK 環境。


Web 工程師都知道要學習 HTML、JavaScrprt、CSS 最好的資源就是 Mozilla Developer Network。我們就試著用 Firefox Add-on 來把 MDN 調教改造成我們想要的樣子。

我們會先示範如何插入 JavaScript 來改變 MDN 的背景顏色,接著我們再示範如何在 MDN 的首頁上插入自己的按鈕,並且可以讓按鈕執行我們自己定義的 JavaScript。

套用 Add-on 之前的 MDN 網站

假設我們把這個新的專案叫作 mdn-mod ,第一步我們先讓 Add-on SDK 幫我們生成必要的檔案與目錄結構:

mkdir mdn-mod
cd mdn-mod
jpm init

當執行完 jpm init 之後,jpm 會詢問我們關於此附加元件的一些資訊,例如程式名稱、版本號、作者、授權條款等等,這些資訊會被用來建立 package.json 檔。現在我們只要連按 Enter 使用預設值。

完成後,我們的 mdn-mod 資料夾就會出現以下的檔案:

├── index.js // Add-on 主要的 JavaScript 程式碼,程式的進入點
├── README.md // 說明文件
├── package.json // 定義這個 Add-on 的 metadata
└── test // 測試檔案,之後再介紹
└── test-main.js

用 page-mod 插入 JavaScript 到指定網站

Add-on SDK 提供的一個實用 API 叫作 page-mod,其用途是當 Firefox 開啟指定的網站時,就插入一段自己的 JavaScript 到頁面上,因此可以改變特定網站的行為。

首先我們打開 index.js,加入以下幾行程式碼:

var pageMod = require("sdk/page-mod");
var data = require("sdk/self").data;

include: "*.mozilla.org",
contentScriptFile: data.url("my-script.js")

第五行的 include: “*.mozilla.org” 就是我們希望套用的網址(* 代表萬用字元)。只要 Firefox 開啟的網址是以 mozilla.org 結尾,就會插入 contentScriptFile 指定的 JavaScript 檔案。在這裡我們使用了 data.url(“my-script.js”),意思是放在 data/ 資料夾下的 my-script.js 檔案。

改變 MDN 背景顏色

目前為止我們還沒定義 Content Script 要執行什麼。現在馬上新增一個檔案 data/my-script.js,插入以下一行簡單的程式碼:


這行代碼會把 <body> 的背景設成紅色,等同於以下這段 CSS 的效果:

body {
background-color: red;


完成上述步驟以後,我們的 Add-on 已經可以準備測試了。但是我們日常使用的 Firefox 可能有很多個人設定,或是安裝了很多其他 Add-on,會干擾我們的測試。此時我們只要執行

jpm run

Add-on SDK 就會幫我們開啟一個完全乾淨的 Firefox 使用者設定檔(Profile),讓我們可以在近乎出廠設定的 Firefox 底下測試我們的 Add-on。

乾淨的 Firefox Profile

當我們在新開的 Firefox 裡面開啟 http://developer.mozilla.org/,毫不意外的 MDN 的背景就變成紅色了!

MDN 的背景已經被改成紅色


除了改變現有的頁面以外,我們也可以自由的插入任何自己想要的元件。讓我們再次打開 data/my-script.js,加入以下程式碼:

var button = "<button onClick='alert(\"Hi!\")'>CLICK ME</button>";
document.body.innerHTML = button + document.body.innerHTML;

再這段程式碼裡面,我們定義了一個 html5 的按鈕,並且讓它被按下 (觸發 onClick 事件) 時,跳出一個訊息框說「Hi!」 (alert('Hi!')),緊接著就把這個按鈕插入到 body tag 的最前面。

當我們再次執行 cfx run 來瀏覽 MDN 時,就會看到畫面最上方出現了一個按鈕。

出現了 CLICK ME 按鈕




如此一來我們的 Add-on 就大功告成了!如果要把這個 Add-on 包裝成可以分享的 xpi 格式,只要執行 jpm xpi 即可。

Add-on SDK 會生成一個副檔名為 .xpi 的安裝檔。不論是要直接傳給親朋好友,或是拿去 Firefox 附加元件網站上架都可以!

以上就是一個簡單的 Add-on 教學。


  1. Firefox 附加元件網站 https://add-ons.mozilla.org
  2. Firefox Add-on SDK (MDN) https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/SDK
  3. Overlay Extension using XUL https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/Overlay_Extensions
  4. Install the Add-on SDK https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/SDK/Tools/jpm#Installation
  5. package.json 格式說明 https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/SDK/Tools/package_json
  6. page-mod https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/SDK/High-Level_APIs/page-mod
  7. Packaging the add-on https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Add-ons/SDK/Tutorials/GettingStarted(jpm)#Packagingtheadd-on


本篇原始著作衍生自〈謀智台客〉自己的瀏覽器自己改 (Part I) -利用Firefox Addon SDK開發簡單的附加元件一文,作者為 Lyu Shing,以創用 CC 姓名標示—相同方式分享條款 3.0 或更新版本授權釋出。

原文 / 自己的瀏覽器自己改 (Part 2) -利用新的 jpm Firefox Addon SDK 開發簡單的附加元件 - 小克’s 部落格
授權 / 創用CC 姓名標示-相同方式分享 4.0 國際版
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φ 小克 撰寫 - Toppy、Irvin 編輯

by toppy368 (noreply@blogger.com) at September 15, 2016 04:56 PM

August 08, 2016


3 different types of participation - TW Mozillians in HKOSCon from 2014-2016

Last month in 6/24-26, several MozTW community members flied to Hong Kong visited HKOSCon, Hong Kong Open Source Conference. This is our 3rd time joining the event, and we had tried 3 different forms of participation, here I would like to share a bit about it.


Hong Kong Open Source Conference is annual open source conference in Hong Kong, co-hosted by 3 communities, HKCOTA, HKLUG and Open Source Hong Kong.

One of the event's characteristic is that HKOSCon is formed by volunteers and students, not by for-profit company (which is pretty similar to COSCUP, another open source conference in Taiwan).

Actually, according to one of the funder (and Mozilla Rep) Sammy Fung said, we can think it as a smaller (around 500 ppls) and more internationalized (English-based) version of COSCUP, which have around 2k participants and use Chinese as main language.

According to my observation, participants in HKOSCon is a combination of local (Hong Kong) enginners and students, speakers and students from Taiwan, and foreign speakers.

2014 - Chinese Mozillians Unite

Booth and Forum Session

2014 (March 29) is our first time to participating in HKOSCon. We tried to gather 8 Reps from Hong Kong (2), Taiwan (3) and China (3) together in the conference. We host a typical Mozilla community booth, a forum (“Mozilla communities in Chinese-speaking regions”) and a private meetup to discuss various topics about building Mozilla communities in the region.

Hong Kong is a special place that is 1) accessable by people from both Taiwan and China, without many political problems and limitations, 2) use both Chinese / English as primary language, and 3) close to all major east-Asian cities, so it's pretty pratical to be choosen as the place that we all gathered. I also experience that Wikimania 2013 (took place in Hong Kong Polytechnic University) also take the advantage to gathered many China / Taiwan contributors. Singapore has similar advantages but it just 4 times far away for us.

What worked and what didn't?

The idea of unite the Mozillians from different places really works, and I believed that we need to do it more (re-engage MozCamp perhaps?) But next time if we want to take HKOSCon as a chance, we may need to plan a whole dedicated day for Mozillian meetup, to work longer besides participating inside confernece, to get into more detailed discussion. (which may look similar to Leadership Summit and MozCamp beta in India?)

Here is my debrief about our participation in HKOSCon 2014,

2015 - Involved more Taiwanese Mozillians

Booth and Workshop

In 2015 (June 26-27), we take a different approach that bring more Taiwanese Mozillian to get involved to HKOSCon. Total 7 Mozillians (5 Reps) joined. This year we also focus our most effort on the booth, and I personally host a Webmaker workshop.

The theme of the booth is FoxYeah campaign, we asked people to take selfie photos with 5 FoxYeah banners and received stickers. Most participants already know Firefox and was our user, so we would like to recall their attention back to the core value of Firefox.

For the Webmaker workshop, due to the design of the room and session length, it's not really work out well. Also I feel that Webmaker is not really suitable for this developer-focus conference participants that it just too simple.

What worked and what didn't?

Designing a more interactive booth event worked really good, we had interacting with many graceful people at the booth, and got more then 40 “FoxYeah photos”.

Webmaker workshop which focus on education and entering level of contributors not work. The main participants of HKOSCon are more engineer based (far more then COSCUP) and we need our workshop to be more technical for them.

Here is my debrief about our participation in HKOSCon 2015, you can also find the link of articles from other participants inside.

2016 - Just focus on session

This year, due to overwhelmed workload after London Allhands, I didn't pay as much planning effot as previous 2 years that can involved many participants together. Instead, I try just to focus on session, and keep it simple that only 3 TW Mozillians joined and gave 2 sessions, debrief my journey of contributing in Mozilla and yajs.vim, JavaScript syntax highlight for VIM by Othree, another speaker from TW community*.

Besides sessions from the community volunteer, there are another 2 from Mozilla paid-staff - Mozilla Eir, connecting device topic by Kevin Hu and Fuzzing testing by Gary Kwong.

What worked and what didn't?

Because that we didn't set a booth, it's hard to evaluate how many attendees is interesting in participating Mozilla this time (compare to the previous 2 years that we had contributing forms at our booth).

But the Fuzzing and Othree's HTML5-related sessions, as well as my session did attach many people and I can feel overall better response then last year's workshop. Another reason of the better atmosphere at sessions may due to several OSS participating-related sessions had been organized next each other in schedule, and thus attached the right audiences.

And suggestion for the future...

From our previous experiences, here I come up with some suggestions for next year,

  1. Bring in more foreign technical speakers

    There are more developers in HKOSCon that is interesting in technical topics, engineering speaker can have better interaction in HKOSCon, things like “how we use Rust” or “How do we do Firefox release engineering” should do well there.

  2. Booth is necessery

    With only session, it's hard for us to interaction with all partcipants, booth does that well. Besides giving out stickers and demonstrating hardware / flyers, plan a simple event such as FoxYeah photo campaign in 2015 will please everyone.

  3. 7~10 Mozillians is good numbers for participation

    We had around 10 Mozillians (excludes local HK Mozillians which are all dedicated to run HKOSCon) in both 2014 and 2015 HKOSCon, 5~7 of them are volunteers. It's enough to both manage a booth and give 3 to 5 sessions with this numbers, and the rate of Mozillians to all participants would be around 2%.

by Irvin Chen (noreply@blogger.com) at August 08, 2016 05:41 PM

June 10, 2016


Mozilla Taiwan 實習生活 (0)





去年的夏天我有幸在里斯特 Richi 實習做自動化測試


而今年,皇天不負苦心人,我終於在大四的尾聲、大五的開頭,成功進入 Mozilla Taiwan 的 Marketing 部門實習



比方說大家都想進 Google 實習,但 Google 只收卷哥,OUT!

HP, M$, Intel 因為自己本身沒興趣,所以沒投過







理想上看在台大資工系的名分我應該是一個有為青年努力成為下個 Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg...

實際上我知道自己非常非常弱,而我也認為,唯有認清自己的弱,才有機會找到出路,因為我就是這樣走進 Mozilla Taiwan 的辦公室

在台大資工系四年,我自認沒有良好的程式寫作能力,沒有參透 Computer Science 的精隨

But the question is... does it matter?


而資工系有部分的人認為 ...

"唉呀寫軟體、寫app... 那有什麼難的? 取代性很高..."


"寫前端的很快就失業了,那個 Entry Barrier 很低,大家都會"



確實,徐讚昇教授曾經講過,會寫C的有一拖拉庫,會寫C++的有十拖拉庫... 高階語言使得程式設計入門門檻越來越低,資工系背負著要精通電腦科學理論的崇高使命,但一講到寫app、軟體開發,又得向現實低頭,不能失去社會對資工系的期待,否則只要一句「學術界教的東西都沒用,業界根本用不到」便足以讓台灣一堆大學、科系倒閉關門。


大師是用來景仰的,並不是每個人都能追求,那些名留千史、以作者名字命名的的 Algorithm、Theorem... 一般人根本想不出來,試問你覺得你能成為下一位?

說穿了,唸資工系的最後出社會工作,也只是軟體寫作、實踐別人的演算法、看懂PM設計的流程... 我的卷哥同學稱之為不用大腦的工作 (開玩笑的),跟學術界比起來並無貴賤之分,因為在我們追求、研讀理論的同時,早該知道進業界coding是我們的宿命。有興趣、有能力的強者或許可以當到 CTO, CIO, 底下帶一堆人coding,而多數人... 就是個 Programmer,語言的使用者。



搖滾樂隊、Start up、繪圖、拍片、樂隊粉絲團、參加 Conference...


更讓我成為略懂先生 (看似無所不知其實是無所專精)


我在玩 Marketing 的過程中獲得的成就感比我 coding 要來得高出許多

所以決定給自己這麼一個機會,接觸景仰已久的 Mozilla 成為校園大使後 (我從高中就開始用 Firefox)


也非常感謝 Mozilla Taiwan 給我這個機會


僅此已第零篇做個起頭,敘述我進入 Mozilla Taiwan 的過程

by Dayo Choul (noreply@blogger.com) at June 10, 2016 07:33 PM