SOFTWARE COMPANY Mozilla is flashing some big cash on open source projects designed to further its business and improve development and reliability.
The firm has bunged $300,000 (around £235,000) into four projects under the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) programme.
"In the third quarter, the MOSS programme has made awards to a number of 'plumbing' projects, unobtrusive but essential initiatives which are part of the foundation for building software, building businesses and improving accessibility," said Mozilla in a blog post.
"This quarter, we awarded over $300,000 to four projects, three on Track 1 Foundational Technology for projects Mozilla already uses or deploys, and one on Track 2 Mission Partners for projects doing work aligned with our mission."
The money does not break down evenly, but Mozilla has its reasons. $100,000 has gone to Redash, which the firm said provides visualisations so that companies can make better use of data.
Review Board, which makes software that performs web-based code reviews, gets $50,000. The company said that these are both in "heavy use at Mozilla".
Also getting $100,000 is Kea, which is not a flat pack furniture outfit that has been sued by Apple but what Mozilla refers to as the "successor to the venerable ISC DHCP codebase".
The firm explained that that Kea "uses ISC DHCP, which makes funding its replacement a natural move even though we have not deployed it yet".
Finally, a code library called Speech Rule Engine, a mathematical tool for the sight-impaired, is getting £56,000. Mozilla said that this will let such people "fully appreciate mathematical and scientific content on the web".
Which is nice. Perhaps they will be able to work out why they get less cash than everyone else.
The firm is open to submissions, which will be considered for funding in the next round. µ
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