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.

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by mlefevre

Thursday July 17th, 2003 5:21 AM

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What grayrest wrote is still correct. Devedge will be around for a while. However, you're also right, in that there won't be any new content there. As with the 7.1 browser, they're going to support what they have for a while, they just won't be doing anything new.

Apparently at least some of the content up on Devedge wasn't handed over to Netscape, and is under an open license, so it could be put up elsewhere if devedge goes.

As you say, it would be nice if AOL/Netscape handed the content over to the Foundation if and when they don't want to maintain devedge any more...