AOL Lays Off Netscape/Mozilla Transition Team

Wednesday October 1st, 2003

In an expected move, America Online yesterday laid off the last remaining Netscape employees paid to contribute to Mozilla. Although AOL sacked or reassigned most of the Netscape browser division back in July, they agreed to continue employing Asa Dotzler, Brendan Eich and David Baron for a couple of months as part of a transition team to keep things running smoothly as reduces its dependence on AOL. This transition has involved moves such as setting up the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and migrating servers from Netscape hosting to services provided by

AOL has not completely ended its involvement with the Mozilla project yet — the transition is not entirely complete and the online giant has promised to give the Mozilla Foundation $1 million in addition to the $1 million donated so far. All the members of the transition team are expected to be hired by the Mozilla Foundation in the next few weeks.

#17 Re: Re: Re: AOL won't completely give up

by AlexBishop <>

Thursday October 2nd, 2003 5:24 AM

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"AOL Communicator use XUL and wxWindow."

It uses wxWindows but not XUL.

"It is also based on Mail and News."

The appearance is strikingly similar to Mozilla Mail & Newsgroups (or, more specifically, Netscape 7 Mail & Newsgroups). In one of the early betas, it even used the Modern theme icons. Netscape Communicator also appears to have had an influence (note the widgets for selecting the columns to display in the thread pane), particularly on the name. But that does not mean that AOL Communicator is based on Mozilla (with the exception of Gecko). It is possible to copy a design with copying code.

"Why would they reinvent the wheel?"

The answer to that question is one of the reasons why AOL Communicator is unspeakably evil.