Ben Goodger, who is somewhat responsible for making Firefox happen, is now working for Google. According to his blog post, while he will be receiving a wage from Google instead of the Mozilla Foundation, he will still be working on Firefox for some time to come.
However, naturally this does raise some interesting possibilities. I had a chat with on MSN and we came up with some ideas:
- Google is trying to cement its relationship with the Mozilla Foundation. It already provides Firefox Start and the default search engine is Google. I personally have no problem with that – I love Google and find it incredibly useful. In fact barely a day goes by when I haven’t used Google for some reason.
- Google is working on a web browser. There was some interesting activity on a couple of bugs in Bugzilla some time and Google owns the gbrowser.com domain, so maybe ‘Gbrowser’ will come to fruition.
This is, of course, pure speculation, based on a few possibly-connected events. It’s quite possible that nothing will change, but either way, I’m glad to see Google recognises Ben’s talent.