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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.


#132 Re: AOL Screws Up Again. ICQ or Nullsoft next?

by blandoon

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 11:56 AM

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I hate to say it, but I agree wholeheartedly with The Reg on this. Mozilla (as a BROWSER) had tremendous potential to be a gold-standard alternative to Internet Explorer and its one-OS-centric world. After all this talk of turning Moz into a "platform," whatever the hell that means, I confess that as an end user I can't see how this matters. Nobody wants to play in a one-vendor sandbox, and Mozilla used to be the best hope of staving off complete MS dominance, but without Netscape I don't see why anyone (web developers) should care.

AOL is to blame for sitting on their hands and playing nice with Microsoft, while they had the potential for a far superior product right under their noses, waiting for someone to make proper use of it.

The Mozilla Organization is to blame for disappearing up their own backsides and spending ages whittling away at the perfect interface to an interface to an interface, while they could have been taking a great browser and making it phenomenal.

No doubt someone will chime in and say something to the effect of "your comments don't matter, you're not a developer." Which has been the Mozilla attitude all along. Which pretty much proves my point. So before you shout "troll," just remember: the only reason I even care enough to post this is because I think Mozilla is/was the best browser on the face of the earth, and I want it to matter to the Internet at large, not just a few lone nuts somewhere.