"Open source development group Mozilla.org Tuesday officially
separated from its one-time browser parent Netscape Communications
by moving its operations under the roof of new non-profit group The
"The move is yet another sign that the days of America Online's
Netscape Communications division, which originally launched the
Mozilla project, are numbered. An AOL spokesman said Netscape has
laid off about 50 members of its Netscape browser teams, but said
some employees have been re-hired by the new foundation.
"Since AOL's settlement of its suit against Microsoft, which
officially ended the companies' IE/Netscape browser war, industry
observers have said a scaled-down Netscape is a foregone
conclusion. Netscape holds a tiny fraction of the market share for
browsers compared to Microsoft's dominant IE browser, and AOL has
the option of using Microsoft's browser and other software products
as part of their legal settlement..."