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AOL Cuts Remaining Mozilla Hackers

Tuesday July 15th, 2003

It has been learned through public and private sources that AOL has cut or will cut the remaining team working on Mozilla in a mass firing and are dismantling what was left of Netscape (they've even pulled the logos off the buildings). Some will remain working on Mozilla during the transition, and will move to other jobs within AOL.

The news isn't all doom and gloom, folks. I've been informed that the number of volunteer Mozilla hackers started eclipsing the number of Netscape hackers last month, and that a number of folks have already been snatched up by other organizations.

Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: Looks like folks are starting to post to ex-mozilla.org.

UPDATE: I was told to stress that Mozilla will continue, and that many of the folks let go today will continue to devote time and energy to it. I'd like to wish all the best of luck, and I'd like to thank everyone for the amazing contributions that they have made over the past five years.

UPDATE #3: Some changes made to the main text above.


#101 Re: Yeah, it doesn't look that bad

by mlefevre

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 5:29 AM

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"They are cutting 10% of their browser development staff"

Don't put too much trust in the cnet article. It's not 10% of browser development staff, it's 10% of "Netscape" staff - that's AOL's positive spin on it. It was pretty much 100% of the browser development staff - all the people that were working on the Mozilla code are gone. As you say, they'll support current versions - that just means taking critical patches from Mozilla (the stuff going into 1.4.1, for example), and making 7.11, 7.12 releases.

The fact that they're offering the $2m and some other resources is better than nothing, but it's not a huge amount when you think of the value of having dozens of Netscape staff working on the Mozilla code full time, which was happening until yesterday.