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.

#156 Re: There is a slight resemblance, but...

by superyooser

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 9:54 PM

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<i>I also think the Mozilla Firebird logo looks too much like a Soviet sickle.</i>

That's exactly what I first thought! See the resemblance here: <http://www.departments.bu…ussian/ru125/sicklelf.gif>

Here you see two symbols that Mozilla has now used, the red star and sickle, in Soviet flags: <>

I was trying to figure out what tool they had replaced the hammer ( <http://autoopencas.source…images/sflogo-hammer1.jpg> ) with to represent the Working Class. The sickle imagery was retained, I speculated, as a tribute to Communism's heritage.

Thankfully, they have already replaced this logo on the web page with the flame logo: <http://mozillafoundation.…/downloadIconFirebird.gif> Thank you,!