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Mitchell Baker, Champion for a Better Web and Internet Standards, Joins CoreOS Board

It is a great honor for me to welcome Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, to the CoreOS board of directors. She’s one of the most influential people in open source software, advocating for a safer and better internet through open source projects and internet standards. TIME Magazine profiled Mitchell in its global list of “100 Most Influential People” and Bloomberg listed her as one of the “25 Most Influential People on the Web.” She was also honored as part of the Internet Society Hall of Fame’s inaugural cohort in 2012. Mitchell is a strong voice for the open web and open source, and is highly regarded as one of the pioneers who has left her mark on the web today.

I am beyond thrilled to have her as a presence on the CoreOS board to not only guide us in building a stronger and more secure internet from the server side, but also guide us in continuing our efforts in being a socially conscious company. Mitchell’s background fighting for a better web and for internet standards is an invaluable asset as we continue to push container standards and create a stronger, more secure backbone for the internet.

Mitchell Baker

“I’m joining the board of CoreOS because of its mission to make the web more secure through distributed cloud-based systems and its commitment to the collaborative potential of open source development. CoreOS’s focus on security, distributed systems and collaborative development is a perfect extension to my work with Mozilla.

I look forward to working as a board member to help CoreOS continue to make a positive impact on the security of the internet.”

-- Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation.

A Stronger Internet

As many of you know, Brandon and I started CoreOS to secure the internet by providing self-driving infrastructure. Before starting my own companies, I worked for the Mozilla Foundation as a systems administrator. Many of my beliefs about the power of open source, internet standards and securing the internet were inspired by Mitchell’s work and the Mozilla Foundation’s mission. Having her guidance on our board will help us build a strong open source company that not only looks out for the open source community at large, but also gives back to society, much as she has done with the Mozilla Corporation and the Mozilla Foundation.

Our goal at CoreOS is to deliver self-driving infrastructure, using automation to operationalize software updates for the servers that run our businesses. The backbone of the internet is powered by server infrastructure, which is why we feel we can make the most impact by focusing on maximizing server security through easy, automated updates to protect against vulnerabilities as soon as patches are available. We believe cloud native technology is the key to our update philosophy.

We are at a turning point in server technology. Right now, many companies treat server updates like the Internet Explorer “patch Tuesdays” (except it’s really a patch every few months), when in reality we have the tools at our fingertips to have self-driving updates. Today, you can use Container Linux to receive automated security and software updates, as well as Tectonic, that delivers upstream Kubernetes.

Background on Mitchell

If you aren’t familiar with Mitchell, she is responsible for organizing and motivating a worldwide collective of employees and volunteers who are building the internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. She was instrumental in Netscape’s decision in 1998 to release its source code to the public. This later led to the release of the Firefox browser and the creation of the Mozilla Project.

Please welcome Mitchell to the CoreOS family. She is sure to have a lasting impact on CoreOS’s continuous efforts to lead in open source community and on container and cloud native standards. Please send Mitchell a tweet to welcome her @mitchellbaker.