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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.


#149 Re: "value"

by YFan

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 5:23 PM

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The value of Mozilla includes what you mentioned, the fact that AOL could have a browser of its own and not have to deal with its archrival microsoft in this regard. After all, I believe that this move will prove disadvantageous to AOL. Who knows better how to really tweak IE than Microsoft? That's right, no one. So, with IE as the base browser for both MSN and AOL, who do you think will do better in the ISP market? Duh! Remember, since AOL and Time Warner merged, they ain't been doing too well. If AOL's value is to cling to oldy goldies (such as a very late and incomplete transformation to broadband and now kicking it with IE), that's their choice. If AOL thinks they can beat MSN by shaking hands with microsoft, that's their value. I don't think that's value.