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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.


#145 Re: Re: Yeah, it doesn't look that bad

by mlefevre

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 4:01 PM

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Well I did say "pretty much". When I said "browser development staff", I meant actual developers - I'm not sure who exactly is left, but it's a handful, and they are not all developers. Assuming there's 2 or 3 of them, that'd be 95% rather than 100%. And even they are only there for a couple of months transition.

Of course the other people are essential to the project too, and AOL could have done a lot worse than the 'severance package' they've given Mozilla.