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.

#21 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Mozilla Consulting?

by fuzzygorilla

Thursday November 20th, 2003 11:38 AM

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Actually, the non-compete clauses deal with trying to "Engage in any business or enterprise that develops, manufactures, or sells any product or service that competes with any product or service...." Yes, Mozilla would be considered a competitor who develops a product (and sells a product) that competes with Microsoft. Yes, this clause can be enforced during your employment.

It is not just an issue of competition. It is also an issue of "intellectual property". Most companies require an agreement to "make full and prompt disclosure to the Company of all inventions, improvements, discoveries, methods, developments, software, and works or authorship... whether or not during normal working hours or on the premises of the Company". [Yes, I took that from an employee document I have seen.] Some companies go further and require an agreement to "to assign... to the Company... all his/her right, title, and interest in and to all Developments... conceived by the Employee". [Yes, I took that from an employee document I have seen.] Do you really want Microsoft to have those sorts of rights to Mozilla? I don't think so.