Mike Shaver Leaving Netscape

Wednesday January 12th, 2000

Mike Shaver, evangelist, developer, and all-around good guy, is leaving Netscape for a new position. Below you will find Mike's official statement on the matter. Although the news isn't good, Mike's commitment to Mozilla still stands, and you'll still see him around. We at mozillaZine would like to wish Mike all the best in his next job, and we would like to thank him for his Mozilla work and advocacy over the past two years. Good Luck, Mike!

Mike writes, "Rumours have been circulating, and rumours are always more frightening than the truth, so I'd like to set things straight. January 31, 2000 is my last day as an employee of AOL/Netscape, and it will also mark the end of my full-time involvement with Mozilla. I've been asked by my new employer to not disclose the details of where I'm going next, but I should be able to say more in the next little while. Suffice it to say that I'm quite excited about it.

Though Mozilla will no longer be my full-time job, I will continue to participate in the community as much as possible, and my new employer is very supportive of that. I'll still be, and you can be sure you'll see me on #mozilla quite frequently.

It's very important to me that people don't misinterpret this as a vote of no-confidence in Mozilla or I'm certain that Mozilla will be a resounding success, and I think the state of the M12 release supports my position pretty well. My time on the Mozilla team has been tremendously rewarding, and I will honestly miss my excellent co-workers -- within AOL/Netscape and beyond! -- very much."

If you have any wishes to send Mike, you can post them in the forum for this news item.

#19 Re: What's Mozilla?

by asa <>

Thursday January 13th, 2000 9:29 PM

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I think you misunderstand the nature of this large software project. Mozilla is not Netscape forced on a diet. Mozilla is an entirely new beast. The old codebase was scrapped and a new browser was built basically from the ground up. Building an application that runs on a dozen platforms, renders standards compliant HTML 4, CSS1(+ big chunks of 2) and full DOM1 is not an easy task. Mozilla is moving at a good pace and will be ready for mass consumption soon. If it is moving too slow for you then help make it better faster, contribute code, test and file bugs, write docs, etc. If you don't want to help then keep using navigator or ie or opera or whatever you use and check back on Mozilla in a few months.