Benjamin Kerensa On Firefox OS & Internet Freedom

Larry Cafiero | FOSS Force | September 5, 2014

According to the Mozilla Developer Network, Firefox OS is an open source mobile operating system based on Linux, open web standards and Mozilla’s Gecko technology. But there’s more to it that that: Firefox OS is about reinventing what mobile platforms can be, about pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the Web on mobile and about enabling entirely new segments of users to come online with their smartphone at various levels of participation, from users to developers.  Earlier this week, I took some time to talk with Benjamin Kerensa, the Early Feedback Community Release Manager for Mozilla, to discuss Firefox OS and the community around it.


Q: Let’s talk about your experience in FOSS and what led you to contribute to Mozilla and Firefox OS. Can you tell us a little about your background and how you got to where you are today?

A: About five years ago, I started getting involved in Ubuntu by promoting the desktop operating system in the Pacific Northwest and growing one of the largest regional Ubuntu communities in North America. As a result of that success, folks like Jono Bacon, Daniel Holbach and Jorge Castro introduced me to new contribution pathways, and through their encouragement I dived in more...