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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.


#99 Re: Re: Re: Re: RIP Netscape

by mlefevre

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 3:55 AM

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Actually, I believe DOMI is broken with the most recent Firebird nightlies. But it does work usually - there's a third-party build from a couple of weeks back of Firebird + DOMI.

There's nothing stopping people from using Mozilla if they can get past the "Mozilla/Netscape has no future" stuff. I mean, when people in the forums threaten to switch browsers because a bug in the Firebird nightlies hasn't been fixed for 4 weeks, that's a little crazy, but it happens. Netscape has reached the end of the line, and most people don't know the difference between Mozilla and Netscape (if they've heard of Mozilla at all...)