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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.


#157 Re: about time

by spage

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 9:58 PM

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<sigh>

> The fact is that the Netscape and Mozilla browsers have been poor efforts from the get-go.

Hey, latecomer, Netscape 0.6 *was* the original browser after NCSA Mosaic, long before IE existed. For me, Mozilla started to be "quite something" around 0.9.6, and has been leaping forward in quality ever since.

> IE established overwhelming superiority a long, long time ago, not just in installed base but in technical execution.

And now Mozilla and Firebird have established substantial superiority, read the reviews and awards. Things change.

> Continued effort by this small handful of hangers-on will merely be thrown in the bin when this lame, hobbled machine sputters and rolls to a stop.

You completely misunderstand Open Source development. The code will advance so long as someone is motivated to work on it.

> One would think that ostensibly bright people would prefer to spend their time building things that other people will actually /use/.

With 400M people on the Internet, even a 1% market share translates to 4,000,000 users. And the Mozilla users are the cream of the crop, the ones smart enough and interested enough to find and use a better browser, and many of them have the skills to improve the code.

It benefits an illegal monopoly not to have competition, but what are you getting out of pissing on the Mozilla project? Hence you seem to be a troll.