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.

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by auburn

Thursday October 2nd, 2003 6:13 AM

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"Can you tell us, what makes AOL Communicator a crap? Netscape Mail, Thunderbird, Mozilla Mail are all almost the same."

That was my point. If it were for people that weren't AOL users, I don't know who would want to download all of the AOL junk that comes along with it. They could just get Mozilla Mail. However, since Alex said that it is for AOL users, that makes a little more sense.