Mozilla published financial statements earlier this week showing that the organizationmade $66.8 million in revenue for 2006, a 26 percent increase from 2005. That's some strong growth, and it shows that Mozilla has the potential for long-term fiscal sustainability.
Most of that money (about 85 percent) comes from the company's search partnership with Google, but some of it also comes from the Mozilla store and other sources. Mozilla's expensestotaled $19.7 million. According to Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker, 70 percent of those costs are associated with human labor, and much of the rest is used to fund the bandwidth and technical infrastructure that Mozilla uses to distribute Firefox—2.1 terabytes of data transfer, 600,000 Firefox downloads, and 25 million update requests per day. Baker expects the expenses to be much higher for 2007, because the organization is significantly increasing employment.
Mozilla also uses its resources to provide grants to other organizations. Approximately $300,000 was contributed to various organizations by Mozilla in 2006, and much more is beingdoled outin 2007—including grants to the Participatory Culture Foundation, which makes the Miro video player.
"Our financial status allows us to build on sustainability to do ever more. More as an open source project, and more to move the Internet overall increasingly towards openness and participation," said Baker in a blog entry. "[W]e're able to hire more people, build more products, help other projects, and bring more possibilities for participation in the Internet to millions of people. The Mozilla project is growing in almost every way—size, scale, types of activities, new communities, and in reach."
Mozilla's lucrative deal with Google was initially scheduled to expire in November 2006, but it was renewed and extended to 2008. Itappears likely that Mozilla willdepend on Google for a considerable portion of its revenue going forward.
Although revenue of $66.8 million makes Mozilla seem like a for-profit endeavor, the organization still remains committed to serving the public good by contributing to projects that make the Internet more accessible and open. Mozilla also has plans for many new initiatives—like the new Mozilla mobile project—that will likely consume some of the excess resources.