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

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.

#134 ... with all the other pigs...

by Kommet

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 12:03 PM

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My friends, family, and coworkers who are Mozilla converts (which is most of them) are unconcerned if they are even aware of the change. They have their Mozilla 1.4 with pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, and spam filtering. Those are in order on how quickly they will sell someone on switching (from my experience) and spam filtering is only last because my coworkers are stuck on Outlook, so I can only sell that feature to the home-user people. I say "No pop-ups" and people ask where to get it.

Tell your negative friends the following:

The worst-case scenario people seem to be batting around is that Mozilla will have a marked development slowdown without the dedicated people AOL was providing. However, with all the volunteers already in place and so many ex-Netscape people (whether still at AOL or not) continuing to donate time and energy even a minor slowdown is fairly unlikely. On the flip side, marketing Mozilla to companies like Earthlink and Juno just got easier.

No matter how things go from here, we have Mozilla 1.4 which is PlentyGoodEnough(TM). The ongoing development now consists mainly of changes to make it ever better (break up App Suite for greater flexability and performance, create/polish GRE and XRE to make an awesome new devel platform, rewrite Gecko for modularity and performance), so this is all just gravy. Mozilla 1.6 or 1.7 should compete spectacularly with IE (which is now standing completely still), Opera, Safari, and Konquerer on every level, but Mozilla 1.4 already competes on enough levels to be very compelling.