Many Organisations Employing Mozilla Contributors

Sunday November 16th, 2003

For many years, Netscape provided several full-time employees to work on Mozilla. Since AOL pulled the plug on Netscape's contributions to the project in July, many have assumed that all the work is now done by volunteers. However, that is not the case and a variety of organisations have either expanded their Mozilla workforce or started hiring lizard-friendly employees for the first time.

The Mozilla Foundation now cuts the cheques for David Baron, Asa Dotzler, Brendan Eich, Ben Goodger, Chris Hofmann, Scott MacGregor, Myk Melez, Daniel "leaf" Nunes and Johnny Stenback, who are employed on a full-time basis, and Mitchell Baker, who works for the Foundation part-time. But the Mountain View non-profit is not the group that has been hiring recently.

Shortly after the layoffs, IBM quickly snapped up several ex-Netscape employees, including Darin Fisher, Brian Ryner and Doron Rosenberg, to add to their contingent working on Mozilla. Sun and Red Hat continue to employ Mozilla contributors and it's now well-known that is paying Daniel Glazman to work on Nvu, a new Composer-based Web publishing application.

Meanwhile, ex-Netscapers Kevin McCluskey, Rod Spears, Chris Karnaze, Peter Lubczynski and John Keiser have banded together to form Mozilla Consulting, a company that writes Mozilla enhancements to order. A similar, though older, venture comes in the form of the Mozdev Group, who offer Mozilla software development and technical consultation to small and medium-sized businesses.

Many predicted that Mozilla would not survive in a post-Netscape world. With just four months gone since AOL pulled out of the project, it's a little early to say what the long-term implications will be. However, it's clear right now that an amazing number of companies see Mozilla as something worth committing real cash to. And that can only be a positive sign.

Update: The Mozilla Consulting site no longer lists John Keiser as an employee, presumably due to his new job at Microsoft.

#18 Re: Re: Re: Mozilla Consulting?

by jgraham

Tuesday November 18th, 2003 8:18 AM

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Why? You'd have to be pretty good at hiding things to ensure that no-one realised that you had contributed to an open source project. If anyone finds out, there's a good chance it will get back to the people who care about employment contracts and such.

Sadly, it's quite understandable that MS wants to prevent employees contributing to Open Source projects; companies in general get upset if their employees work on projects that compete with the product the company produces, and Microsoft views all open source as competition, if not directly, then indirectly as an attack on their fundamental business model. On the other hand, it seems that not all companies have such clauses; Hixie and Hyatt still make contributions from time to time, despite the fact that they work on direct Mozilla competitors.