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.

#7 I can't see how having a multi-billion dollar.....

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Thursday October 2nd, 2003 12:01 AM

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What if they don't have to pay for it? Lets face it, what is $2 million compared with the $740 million AOL got from Microsoft? Btw, what did AOL pay for Netscape? After all, the MS deal is about Netscape, not about mozilla.

And, at the end, they still got a *free* browser suit, any day they want, without paying for it...isn't that a nice deal?

I wonder what happened to the AIM lawsuit, AOL promissed (well was forced by law) to open the source, so where is it?

And finally, isn't this bad for people that use a e-mail account, like me for my projects? I guess we can't expect a mozilla version with support for Netscape's IMAP/AIM protocol. Yeah yeah, IMAP... I hear you, however, without AIM protocol it sucks for people like me, we're stuck with Netscape 7.1 for ever now.

Can we expect any tips/source from ex AOL employed people? Don't tell me you've got nothing left at home, you all worked at home also...but I guess they forced you to sign a contract for this, no? Great Open Source project and very smart people at AOL.

So there was no commitment from AOL in the last month, no wonder.