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.
#79 Yeah, it doesn't look that bad
Wednesday July 16th, 2003 12:12 AM
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Immediately after reading the headline on Mozillazine, I went straight to news.com to see what was going on. They are cutting 10% of their browser development staff. But more importantly, I think it is a great idea that Mozilla is now going to be the product of non-profit Mozilla Foundation. Many corporations, including AOL and other M$ rivals as well as Linux developers are continuing to support it. With independence for a big corporate big-daddy such as AOL, the Mozilla foundation can finally be more focused on the browser itself. And since it is non-profit, it doesn't have to watch wall street to decide if it's a good idea to continue working on this awesome browser.
By the way, the same Cnet News.com report also stated that AOL will continue to support current Netscape browser versions and the Netscape.com portal. Good idea.
Long Live Mozilla the king of all browsers!