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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.


#8 Re: I can't see how having a multi-billion dollar.

by bandido

Thursday October 2nd, 2003 12:52 AM

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You seem to imply that AOL made money with Netscape lawsuit and settlement with MS ($450 million). AOL paid $4.2 billion for Nestcape in 1998 <http://news.com.com/2100-…3-218360.html?legacy=cnet>.

The AIM agreemenmt that resulted from the Time Warner merge did not require for AOL to release the source for AIM protocol. Their commitment was to work on interoperability with MS Messenger and Yahoo Messenger. <http://www.computerworld.…ory/0,10801,56259,00.html> and <http://archive.infoworld.…/010723hnaolmessanger.xml> If they wanted to develop advance features for AIM, like webcam/video integration, they were require to interoperate with the other IM providers. This condition was lifted a few weeks ago at AOL request <http://news.com.com/2100-1032-995595.html> and <http://www.instantmessagi…ublic/article.php/3065691> Interestingly, MS and Yahoo provedto be big time hyprocrites. Now that they have sizable marketshare, they have dropped their interoperability demands with AOL and they have started blocking the other services. <http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104_2-5066412.html> and <http://itmanagement.earth…ntdev/article.php/3079191>.