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.

#139 Sure does

by mesostinky

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 12:53 PM

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Being a longtime linux user I'm actually used to being called a commie ;) Regarding the sickle/throbber I've never really liked it anyway. Not because of the sickle thing, but because nobody knows what the hell it is. Hopefully it will get changed one of these days.

The first impression most people are going to have when they see the new redesign is "what the hell is the thing in the Mozilla Firebird Picture?". If it realy stands for "Qute" then it should be changed anyway. ANY throbber for the Firebird browser should stand for Firebird not the name of the theme its running. The purpose of Firebird is not to advertise what theme its running. Having a big "Q" makes zero sense since there is no Q in Mozilla or Firebird.