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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.


#13 So the axe finally falls?

by mesostinky

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 3:48 PM

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Like others I'm surprised they even waited this long. I mean I've posted here many times about how AOL was never interested in marketing or support Netscape/Mozilla. At least now Mozilla won't have the tant of AOL hanging over it anymore. I do give them credit for paying people for work on Mozilla for so long though. Oh well, at least the code isn't going anywhere

I do feel sorry for those laid off and I hope that they can manage to continue to contribute in some form or another. Thanks for all your work.

Netscape is dead, Long Live Mozilla.