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.

#162 You missed my point.

by paulm

Thursday July 17th, 2003 3:34 AM

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GNOME and KDE are both supported by a variety of corporations and individuals. The corporations are all about more that just GNOME and GNOME is much bigger than any one companies involvement.

I hope that Mozilla will operate successfully in a similar fashion now that AOL are no longer having such a huge involvement. I also hope that the technology Mozilla continues to produce will be useful to AOL and that they will have reason to continue to contribute in the future.

With any luck perhaps a more independent will proove to be a more dynamic and healthy open source environment in the long term.