That’s not a secret, not everybody is happy with Mozilla’s new “6-week release” policy. Everything has already been written about that: the advantages of a rapid release cycle are real, and so are the drawbacks of the lack of a long-term-support version. The Firefox project is in a sensitive phase.

Yesterday, Cédric, a very long time l10n contributor and key person of the French localization, gave us a bad surprise by announcing that he’s suspending his contribution to Firefox.

The recent change about the release cycle has overturned the community habits and the irresponsible statements of some Mozilla representatives as well as the decision not to support a Firefox LTS release, for companies or end-users, are the root of the new nature of my contribution to the project.

At least Cédric isn’t dropping the FrenchMozilla community:

For my part, I won’t desert totally the project, because I truly agree the Mozilla Manifesto and I think the Mozilla Foundation is indispensable for the good health of Internet, but I will stop contributing in anything related to Firefox: the product, the websites and the marketing campaigns.

Beyond the fact that it will be very difficult to find anybody rivaling Cedric’s hard work and experience, I’m really bitter to think of the resentment of our community. Like Clochix said:

who would want to get involved in a project without being respected and listened?

Is the “sacred fire” fading out? I want to think it’s not, and I hope Mozilla will give a positive signal to the community before the upcoming MozCamps. Our community is what makes us different and better — let’s not take it for granted.

[Edit] just to make it clear: here in Europe, “community” refers to all Mozilla contributors, and most of them are volunteers — they’re giving their time, their energy, their talent to Mozilla “for the cause”. They do software development, translations (products and web pages), user support, evangelism… on their free time, because they think it’s valuable. [\Edit]