Cottage Services Spring Up Around Open-source Industry

Online services company MozSource went live last week with an inexpensive technical support service for the recently released Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client.

Founded by President Bart Decrem, a former spokesman for the Mozilla Foundation, MozSource is beta testing an e-mail service that provides installation, configuration and setup services as well as identifies and solves problems with those recently released products.

It’s not the only boutique firm basing its business model on the nonprofit Mozilla open-source project. Last year, for example, a handful of Mozilla developers founded MozDev Group, focused exclusively on application development for the Mozilla platform.