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.

#19 stop worrying

by techn9ne

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 4:22 PM

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They just said there is more volunteers than aol employees, plus they got 2 mil. just from aol and more money from others. Also the dozens of companies like redhat/suse which rely on mozilla and openoffice to sell their software will pick the slack. Other companies like collabnet will donate hardware and bandwidth resources.

im surprised that aol funded netscape for so long and that people are surprised at aol dropping a money losing division.

... at the very worst it might hiccup the development a bit until everything gets re-organized.