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.

#167 Re: Re: Adios

by FrodoB

Thursday July 17th, 2003 11:42 AM

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Um, reasoned opinions usually include facts. For example, quoting actual developers who feel the same way you do. I admit, you speak more eloquently than the average troll, which leads me to believe you are perhaps a misguided devil's advocate.

The simple fact of the matter is that Mozilla passes far more specifications than IE will ever attempt to support. Perhaps you're right that some of the people who were working on Mozilla full-time for Netscape will not contribute anymore, but there is evidence in Bugzilla that the people who have been most prolific in terms of checkins over the last few months have been migrating to outside email addresses, implying they knew the axe was going to fall and wanted to be prepared. The large majority of Mozilla checkins have been done by a relative few for some time (as it probably should be; design by committee is rarely good).

Perhaps you have something concrete which supports your supposition that Mozilla and Netscape have been poor from the get-go. Puffing up one's chest and saying things louder than the opponent will intimidate some, but it still does not prove anything.