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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.


#114 support

by mlefevre

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 9:10 AM

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No they didn't - that link mentions nothing about what Doron was talking about, which is providing support to users. As in a big corporate being able to come along and say "we're thinking of rolling out mozilla onto 2000 desktops, can you help us do that? and we also need help fixing up our intranet pages to work in Mozilla", or Joe User being able to email <support@mozilla.org> and get a useful response from someone to their question (although that bit can probably be largely achieved user-to-user). Telling people they can post a message in a forum and someone might be able to help them out doesn't cut it (many users would be fine with it, but lots of companies won't go for it...)