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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.


#168 Re: My take.... (a bit long)

by bcortez <bcortez98@hotmail.com>

Thursday July 17th, 2003 2:42 PM

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What are you smokin' dude? The writing is on the wall, take off those rose colored glasses and read it already. This was purely a $$ decision on the part of AOL. With Steve Case out of the picture, the bean counters were running the show (Steve Case was the only ace Netscape had in it's hand). All they wanted was to stop the hemmoraging of $$ from the Time Warner coffers. What better way than to strike a deal with MS for $750 Mil (and a guarantee of free MSIE support for 7 years), cut loose the Netscape unit, and grant a $2 Mil "severence package" to the Mozilla folks. That's a nice way of saying, "I had a good time, I'll call you soon".

Sound familiar dude?