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.

#6 Re: AOL won't completely give up

by dave532

Wednesday October 1st, 2003 11:56 PM

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Just to let you know the only component of Mozilla AOL communicator uses is the Gecko rendering engine (unless they've changed it in the final release to IE to keep Bill Gates happy).

It might look similar to Mozilla mail and have a similar feature set, but it's all native widgets not an XUL app like Mozilla mail or Thunderbird.