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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.


#15 Interesting turning in the story...

by Phobeus <Phobeus@gmx.de>

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 4:01 PM

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First of all, I must admit that I never was a fan of the netscape browser. For a long time I stayed proud using my internet explorer. One year ago I had a look at Mozilla again and fall in love. Strange feeling when reading now what happens to netscape. However standing on which side (now or in the past) netscape was the real pioneer in web development and everyone who worked on it, can be proud of it... even in this worth situation. Good luck guys!

The Mozilla Community shall not fall in depression now, it can be a big change to get Mozilla more popular. AOL is for sure not the best company, but microsoft is IMAO more dangerous and I want to see Mozilla at the top! So work as hard as you already do and do not look back to long!