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.

#31 Re: Netscape 6/7 were too "similar" to Mozilla

by thelem

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 5:06 PM

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Now the new website design makes sense. As soon as I saw it I thought it looked very consumery for mozilla. More like the Stardock website - <> (a company which specializes in what is basically eye candy + gadgets for windows)

Maybe I'm in denial, but I didn't see anything quite this drastic coming. Does this mean that Netscape 7.1 will definatly be the last release? Are there any AOL-employed staff still working for or the mozilla foundation (cuts could mean all or some)? Are all the servers etc being donated to the mozilla foundataion, or will they continue to be run by AOL?