GigaOM Interview: John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla Corp.

Last week I got a chance to sit down with John Lilly, the newly appointed CEO of Mozilla Corp. We were slotted to chat a long time ago, but unfortunately life got in the way of our plans. He appeared on The GigaOM Show in February, and was interviewed by Joyce Kim and Liz Gannes.

Still, the two of us always wanted to chat. And that’s what we finally did, discussing everything from shortcomings of today’s browsers, Mozilla’s late entry into the world of mobiles and Firefox 3.0, which according to Lilly will go final and be ready to download in June 2008. (Mozilla just released the RC 1, which our sister site, OStatic, reviewed.) One of a few things we agreed on was that browsers need to find a better way of handling media – not just photos but the video clips that are becoming prevalent all over the net. He took a little swipe at iPhone as well, which was kinda cool.

Now this isn’t a produced video segment, and I captured the chat using my Macbook Pro’s built-in camera using the PhotoBooth. There are a whole bunch of people walking around in the background, and there are moments of questionable audio quality. Nevertheless, it is still fun and edited down to a consumable time length. Check it out.


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