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.

#140 Re: Re: Interesting Icon

by aaron

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 1:09 PM

You are replying to this message

I do have to agree that the throbber makes me think of the game quake. Yeah, it's a little different (turned on its side a little and a different color), but basically it's the same. I have thought this ever since the first time I saw the new throbber. Also, for the default theme, you need to have a throbber that makes people think "mozilla" either consciously or unconsciously. the ie throbber looks like a windows logo, which makes sense... the netscape throbber was the netscape "n" which made sense, and the mozilla seamonkey throbber is a "m" and a lizard, both of which associating with mozilla. i'm just afraid new users will see the "Q" throbber and wonder what does "Q" have to do with mozilla? the letter doesn't even appear in the name of the application or even the theme any more for that matter. the theme is simply called "mozilla firebird." so that makes me wonder, where did the "Q" come from (from a new user's perspective -- not knowing the theme used to be called qute....)

anyway, just my 2 cents...