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.
#22 R.I.P. Netscape
Tuesday July 15th, 2003 4:25 PM
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The first web browser I ever used was Netscape 2.0 at the age of 13. I remember being chosen as a beta tester of Netscape 3.0 and being so excited receiving the CD with the beta on it. I think I still even have that CD somewhere. I stuck with Netscape (with brief defections to IE but was never satisfied) until Mozilla became usable. Now I'm a proud user and tester of the best browser around, Mozilla Firebird.
Rest In Peace Netscape, we all will miss you and have memories (good + bad) for the rest of my IT career (graduating from my university next year).
Condolences to all of the employees that lost their job, I hope you continue to work on Mozilla with whatever time you can devote to it and hopefully there is enough donations that most of you can be rehired by the Mozilla Foundation.