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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.


#34 What is going to happen now?

by SomeGuy

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 5:34 PM

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I can't believe this happened so sudden. Was there any news or warning about this previously?

Is AOL going to continue support for their gecko-based Mac client? I can imagine they might move to Safari eventually but since there is no more MSIE for the Mac what are they going to do for now?

Will there be more Netscape branded released?

What will happen to <http://www.netscape.com>? Will it eventually wind up redirecting to aol.com or go 404?

Nothing can kill Mozilla and there are certain advantages to this, but without the Netscape brand named distribution or the backing of AOL (more than just throwing money at it) there might be less corporate acceptance. What can be done about this?

If Mozilla is going to be a brand on it's own then it could really use an official CD and manual that could be purchased or perhaps to be given in return for a donation. Like someone on slashdot mentioned, a plushie Mozilla doll for a significant donation would be kind of cool. Oh, bumper stickers! Got to have Mozilla bumper stickers.