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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.


#33 Re: Nuked

by thelem

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 5:13 PM

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Actually, it is more like someone who has been supplying you with food for the last 10 years saying "that's it, nice knowing you, here's some to keep you going for a bit longer."

My main disappointment here is not that AOL are dropping out, I believe mozilla can survive without them (although obviously it would be much better with them). More important is that Gecko in AOL now will almost certainly never happen. I was one of the people who believed the IE in AOL deal was an insurance policy for AOL and they were still planning to switch to Gecko. Mozilla is gaining respect from the webdesigners, but there are still too many designers with the opinion that 'no one uses mozilla/netscape and those who do are techies who can fix any problems they find anyway'. AOL had the power to change that.