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.
#164 Re: Stupid Idiots
Thursday July 17th, 2003 10:24 AM
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Don't Blame AOL, blame the Time Warner part of AOL/Time Warner. AOL, the pre-merger company had reasons to view Microsoft as Competition and maintain funding of Mozilla. Time Warner (the part that is running the show since the AOL part is flopping) has reasons to view Microsoft as a partner whom they need a good relationship with. Time Warner has a huge ammount of valuable IP in the form of Music, Movies and TV shows. A Partnership with Microsoft on tough Digital Rights Management in Windows will help protect the value of that IP which brings in a lot more revenue than Mozilla ever could.