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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.


#7 Bad News

by thomasz44l

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 3:32 PM

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Pros:

Perhaps a new champion of Mozilla can rise from the ashes. AOL's distribution mostly took features away, AFAIK. We need someone to distribute a shiny end-user product based on Mozilla's code. (Personally, I think Mozilla is almost there all by itself anyway -- great job guys & gals!)

Perhaps with AOL gone, there will be more money flowing in from smaller companies that compete with AOL *AND/OR* Microsoft.

Cons:

1. Less people paid to work on Mozilla code. Condolences to anyone laid off. :-( 2. Less exposure for the Mozilla codebase / no chance for AOL/Gecko. 3. Naysayers and the clueless media will conveniently lump Mozilla in with Netscape.

The fact is AOL, the internet company, is not doing well. They were probably pressured to shed some things, maybe as a precursor to a spin-off from AOL/TW?