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.
Why should they? It's not like the people targeted by AOL are interested in underlying technologies. They just want to get things done.
I think it's great that AOL is still using Mozilla technologies. Regardless of whether AOL is funding Mozilla or not, I can't see how having a multi-billion dollar company using your product should be seen as a bad thing.