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.

#41 Re: Stupid Idiots

by wheezy

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 6:24 PM

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Your assessment is short-sighted and motivated by hatred and fanaticism. When AOL bought Netscape, it bought nothing but a chip to play. It played that chip in negotiating a deal with Microsoft. From a technical perspective, Mozilla was an architectural nightmare that did not satisfy AOL's basic need of an embedded browser. Therefore when playing the political chip, the necessity to retain ownership of the Mozilla project was obviated.

I don't think it was great judgment to cut many of the high-caliber engineers that AOL employed, but I think it was a very sound decision to let the project go. It will give Mozilla more freedom -- which should be of interest to you -- and reduce AOL's continuing liability.