AOL Cuts Remaining Mozilla Hackers

Tuesday July 15th, 2003

It has been learned through public and private sources that AOL has cut or will cut the remaining team working on Mozilla in a mass firing and are dismantling what was left of Netscape (they've even pulled the logos off the buildings). Some will remain working on Mozilla during the transition, and will move to other jobs within AOL.

The news isn't all doom and gloom, folks. I've been informed that the number of volunteer Mozilla hackers started eclipsing the number of Netscape hackers last month, and that a number of folks have already been snatched up by other organizations.

Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: Looks like folks are starting to post to

UPDATE: I was told to stress that Mozilla will continue, and that many of the folks let go today will continue to devote time and energy to it. I'd like to wish all the best of luck, and I'd like to thank everyone for the amazing contributions that they have made over the past five years.

UPDATE #3: Some changes made to the main text above.

#96 Multiple browser offerings possibly confusing?

by rkl

Wednesday July 16th, 2003 3:48 AM

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I'm sure this has been said before, but if you're a Mac OS X user, I suspect you could be "over-spoiled" for choice of browser on the new <> home page. Lemme see - the most prominent browser promoted, quite correctly, is Mozilla 1.4. But what's this? Just directly below it is a "lean, mean browsing machine" called Mozilla Firebird 0.6 (complete with an imploring "read why you should switch today" (so Moz Firebird is already competing against Mozilla on all the platforms - "download Mozilla 1.4 and then download Mozilla Firebird 0.6 cos you've been told to 'switch today'" :-) ).

Scroll even further down the page and poor old Mac OS X users get to download a *third* Web browser (Camino 0.7) to add to the melting pot. Now *we* know that Mozilla Firebird is to eventually replace the current main Mozilla browser, but the home page doesn't say that. And what about Camino? For the Mozilla Foundation to continue to offer two Mac OS X browsers after Firebird becomes the new main Mozilla Foundatiom browser will surely be confusing?