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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.


#106 about time

by jmcinnis

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 8:10 AM

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I don't know why dissenting opinion is dismissed as having come from a troll. I, for one, would like to offer a voice of support to the gentleman who suggested that IE should be the unified browser. The fact is that the Netscape and Mozilla browsers have been poor efforts from the get-go. IE established overwhelming superiority a long, long time ago, not just in installed base but in technical execution. Continued effort by this small handful of hangers-on will merely be thrown in the bin when this lame, hobbled machine sputters and rolls to a stop. One would think that ostensibly bright people would prefer to spend their time building things that other people will actually /use/. Somehow I expect this entreaty will fall on deaf ears, however, so whatever. Have at it, smart guys.