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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.


#53 don't give up!

by TheK <kl@3dots.de>

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 7:29 PM

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The new mozilla.org start pages shows it: Mozilla doesn't need AOLTW, even more I think is has more changes without - without a specific ISP in the back and without the damned name "Netscape" hanging on it. Now the Mozilla community has the chance to show, that it can make Mozilla something to beat MSIE even on average users desktop!

I don't think, we need to do that much for that, here's a short list: - see votes a "the communities voice" on bugs. If a bug has many of them, the community wants this fixed. - Mozilla is a very stable browser, and it should be this even more - so if you don't have something to do, don't write another useless feature - fix some crashers! - many people dislike that Firebird has to few prefs, or has the wrong prefs - somebody knowing about should take a look aboud an ideal solution. Don't forget, that Mozilla's power is to have all the things as tabs or popup blocking "out of the box" - if people need to install something additional, they will install it upon MSIE. - we all know, that there's more than enough bloat inside Mozilla, especially since many of the codebase got removed for Firebird - here everybody can help! Every byte counts, so help - maybe with optimising images, or reordering the CSS files. - never forget, we need users to be a real alternative, so don't piss off people with "if you don't like this use MSIE!".

I think, we can beat Microsoft and the MSIE now more then ever, just because there's nobody, who want's to make money with a next version, which might work better ;)