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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 mozilla.org reduces its dependence on AOL. This transition has involved moves such as setting up the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and migrating mozilla.org servers from Netscape hosting to services provided by meer.net.

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.


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by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Thursday October 2nd, 2003 5:26 AM

You are replying to this message

"I'm assuming the AOL communicator is for people that don't actually have aol?"

No, it's only available to AOL members. Even if you do manage to get hold of a copy, it won't let you do anything before setting up an AOL mail account.

"Who would want to download that piece of crap?"

It's designed for more advanced users who find the AOL clinet's own mail facilities to be lacking.

Alex