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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.


#113 Re: Multiple browser offerings possibly confusing?

by nhamblen

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 9:08 AM

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Hey, it's a heck of a lot better placement than Camino has gotten in the past at Mozilla.org. If the pile of programs there is confusing it's only because the Mozilla browser situation is that confusing right now.

I think Camino is in a precarious situation, just because there aren't a slew of work-for-free programmers for it. Firebird, compartively, has an army, and there's no hiding the fact that it will compete with Camino fairly soon on Mac. Firebird has more features (some of them even useful), and that gap will widen. Throw in a Firebird pinstripe theme, and Mac-looking widgets (the code is there already) and it may be all over. It's not that there isn't room for a Cocoa-wrapped gecko browser, I just don't see enough motivation to work on one.