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.

#22 AOL communicator

by Ascaris <>

Friday October 3rd, 2003 4:51 AM

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AOL Communicator has one important thing that Thunderbird still lacks. I use Thunderbird as my email client, and there is only ONE huge bug that still annoys the heck out of me. That's bug 91608. That old bug is STILL in Thunderbird... and it mangles the line wrapping whenever you enter two spaces, such as after a period, in the plain text editor.

I tried AOL communicator when it first came out, and blissfully, this bug was not there. I hope that the development of Thunderbird causes this to be fixed soon... it did not seem it would ever be fixed as part of the Seamonkey suite. This is IMO the one thing that makes Thunderbird look rough and ragged-- the only really bad bug I see in my daily use of TB. Believe me, if I had the first clue about how to fix this, I would do it. I don't, though, unfortunately.