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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.


#127 AOL Screws Up Again. ICQ or Nullsoft next?

by kamiller42

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 10:54 AM

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As I explained to a friend as to why Mozilla is where it is and AOL is divorcing.

"AOL could have been the driving consumer force to shape and mold the future of Mozilla, but they never became that."

"AOL, if they have any interest in their investments, should have provided leadership and management to their newly acquired development houses. Instead, they figured things would magically happen if they periodically throw cash their way."

This was a response to him accusing Mozilla of being a failure after reading this harsh article at The Register on AOL/Netscape, <http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/31765.html>

The fact of the matter is AOL went on a shopping spree and has never utilized Netscape, ICQ, and Nullsoft to their potential. These companies were never fully integrated into their plans for the consumer market.

AOL, you make me sad.