The Mozilla Polish Community

April 11th, 2010

The Mozilla community in Poland is one of the earliest and strongest Mozilla communities. MozillaPL has been active for a decade — well before Firefox, before the Mozilla Foundation was established and before we shipped our first product (the Mozilla Application Suite) in 2001.

In the dark, difficult days of Mozilla before we were a “success” the MozillaPL team was a clear indicator to me that we were on the right track. In those days — before RSS, before social networking, before personal blogs — our only project wide news source was an independently run fanzine called “Mozillazine.” The first time I saw an item about MozillaPL I was astonished. And the items kept coming. Mozilla PL did this, MozillaPL provides support, MozillaPL had this great idea and is making it happen.

The creativity, dedication and leadership of MozillaPL made it clear to a bunch of Mozilla contributors that the difficult days of Mozilla could lead to something better, something much brighter.

Yesterday Poland suffered a tragic loss as many of its national leaders were lost in a plane crash. A partial list, from the New York Times:

“Among them, the Polish government said, were Mr. Kaczynski; his wife, Maria; Ryszard Kaczorowski, who led a government in exile during the Communist era; the deputy speaker of Poland’s Parliament, Jerzy Szmajdzinski; the head of the president’s chancellery, Wladyslaw Stasiak; the head of the National Security Bureau, Aleksander Szczyglo; the deputy minister of foreign affairs, Andrzej Kremer; the chief of the general staff of the Polish Army, Franciszek Gagor; the president of Poland’s national bank, Slawomir Skrzypek; and the commissioner for civil rights protection, Janusz Kochanowski. . .”

plus a hero of the Solidarity movement, and dozens of other people heading to a memorial of national significance itself.

Our hearts are with you.

27 comments for “The Mozilla Polish Community”

  1. 1

    Jud Valeski said on April 11th, 2010 at 10:58 am:

    Indeed. Thanks for blazing the trail MozillaPL. Stay strong.

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    Mitchell Baker said on April 11th, 2010 at 10:59 am:


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    gandalf said on April 11th, 2010 at 3:25 pm:

    Entangled fluxes of past and present, emotions and rationalizations, scale of it and amount of symbolic meanings that surround what happened are beyond my recognition.

    Yet, I think we all here do hope that we will manage to build something good, make something valuable out of that experience.

    It’s extremely valuable that we receive such a strong support from the whole world. It means a lot. Thank you Mitchell.

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    Piotr ‘Mikołaj’ Mikołajski said on April 11th, 2010 at 3:42 pm:

    Mitchell, thanks for kind words and for memory. Scale of support from different countries is really impressive. If you don’t mind, I would like to thank especially our Russian friends for their invaluable help and support in those hard days — большое спасибо, русские друзья.

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    Polish Woman said on April 12th, 2010 at 3:08 pm:

    Thank you for your words. It means a lot for Polish Natives. But there is one thing that is extremly importand. Please try to figure up for what did they die. What was Katyn for people from Poland. Maybe then their death won’t be so pointless…

    Excuse me for my imperfect English

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    lskx said on April 12th, 2010 at 3:12 pm:

    thanks guys… poland is in big pain after loosing our President, your support is very usefull!

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    Christian Bundy said on April 12th, 2010 at 3:12 pm:

    Way to go Mozilla. Stepping up, like real leaders.

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    Serb said on April 12th, 2010 at 3:17 pm:

    Condolences to the people of Poland… You lost the President, and Serbs lost a true friend…

    May the God have mercy upon his soul, and may he find his place in the house of Lord…

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    Rebekah G said on April 12th, 2010 at 3:20 pm:

    Americans know what it’s like to feel the love, support and grief of people from other nations following a national tragedy. I’m sure I speak for many millions of Americans when I say I am so sorry for your loss and hope you can get some very small comfort from knowing other grieve with you.

    (And please note that I can not speak for members of other nations, but fully believe they also know what I’m saying. There have been too many tragedies, natural disasters, grief provoking events in this and the last century in too many nations.)

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    Gordon Owen said on April 12th, 2010 at 3:42 pm:

    Thoughts and prayers are with all those who bereave especially the family and friends of those so dear people they have lost.

    The nation proudly stands in solidarity at this time without political partisans to morn the loss, be proud of who and where they are at, and to positively look forward to a new era of leaders who, with God’s blessing, will take the Country to new a better heights. Give thanks for all that those sadly no longer with us have achieved.

    May God bless you all!

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    Mary Butts said on April 12th, 2010 at 5:58 pm:

    So sad to hear. they were more than just important leaders to a great nation; they were people with family and a life beyond the office. My heart and my prayers will be with the family and the Polish community. So sorry for your losses.

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    Renatha Dharma said on April 12th, 2010 at 6:06 pm:

    Stay strong, Poland. My heart goes to you.

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    Pat said on April 12th, 2010 at 8:46 pm:

    I am an American half-Polish woman, and still feel strong ties to my grandmother’s country. I’m not surprised that Poland led the way with Mozilla.

    May God’s own peace enfold those who were lost in that terrible crash, and enfold their families and friends too. And may God smile on Poland as she struggles – yet again – to get back on her feet.

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    Ciddi said on April 12th, 2010 at 11:11 pm:

    I’m Turkish man in Poland. I’m worried about this plane crash. Kondolencja Polska !

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    Piotr said on April 12th, 2010 at 11:30 pm:

    I’d like to thank you all for your kind words. Some of us still can’t believe these terrible things happened. It is comforting however, knowing that the world recognizes the tragedy and grieves with us. Thank you.

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    42 said on April 12th, 2010 at 11:51 pm:

    Thank you.

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    Jamie Favreau said on April 12th, 2010 at 11:57 pm:

    Thoughts and prayers are sent to the Polish community.

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    Fcl1 said on April 13th, 2010 at 12:00 am:

    From a french long-haul Netscape, Mozilla, Firebird and Firefox user – all my best feelings to all PL pals.

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    David said on April 13th, 2010 at 2:56 am:

    Prayers for your future, Poland…
    You’ve lost an excellent leader, and many outstanding people in this crash…
    We are at your side – it’s our sorrow as well!
    … from Georgia, Caucasus.

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    rip LunarBird CLH said on April 13th, 2010 at 3:35 am:

    Thanks for all your support. It means a lot to us. This is undoubtly the most tragic crash in whole history of Poland and second time we lost our leader in a plane crash (first time was the death of Sikorski in a plane crash near Gibraltar during World War II). Let us all pray for all the people who were lost and let us support those who try to find out the truth about this tragic incident. Needless to say that no doubts (and there are some already) can be left unexplained and we need all your support for that.

    Warsaw, Poland

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    Mass said on April 13th, 2010 at 5:17 am:


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    mwal said on April 14th, 2010 at 5:16 am:

    has anyone a prayer of remembrance that could be used in a school community

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    Kevin said on April 15th, 2010 at 8:14 am:

    I am really very sad to hear this tragedy. God bless them.

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    Scaune said on April 16th, 2010 at 3:59 am:

    God bless them and rest their souls in peace !

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    Lois Jean DuPey said on April 20th, 2010 at 12:56 pm:

    Our hearts are with those whose families will undoubtedly seek to understand this tragedy. The most holy John Paul II, your compatriot, said that Poland is the tragic nation. Enlightenment is forthcoming with prayer. Many of us regret that the antagonisms of WWII that have not ended were the cause of this tragedy. The Poles and Russians more than any other peoples (in terms of total numbers slaughtered and percentage of population) were the victims of the second world war and of the Cold War and of todays third war. When will it cease?
    Lois J. DuPey
    a political dissident in internal exile
    Mid Columbian Sin Cayuse Nation

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