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.

#94 Re: don't give up!

by mlefevre

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 3:32 AM

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not that votes ever carried a lot of weight, but if anything, I think the situation can only go in the other direction. Netscape staff were a bunch of people paid to do what Netscape wanted to do with the browser, and work on the core stuff. Now (AFAICS), there's going to be a lot less work done by a coordinated group, and more done by independent contributors doing what they want for themselves.

To have people working on code "for the community" (e.g. doing stuff with most votes), you would have to pay them, and the Mozilla Foundation doesn't have the resources to pay a bunch of coders for any length of time (assuming the whole $2m went on that, it would pay the equivalent of the Netscape coders for maybe 4 or 5 months)