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Mozilla: We're Alive and Well

Prompted by recent news reports, mozilla.org has released a statement on their homepage denying its future within the Netscape Communications division of America Online is in jeopardy.

Questions about mozilla.org's position with in the company have been repeatedly raised since AOLs purchase of Netscape last December. The mozilla.org statement reads, in part, "As a major mozilla.org contributor, AOL completely supports our efforts. Commercial open source software development is in its early stages, and Wednesday's comments demonstrate that it is still regarded with skepticism by some in the industry. We would like to stress that Sun was not speaking for mozilla.org or for AOL."

In a News.com article, Alan Baratz, president of Sun's software products and platforms division saying, questioned the effort's future.

"I'm not sure Mozilla.org is working all that well," said. "We're looking at what the options are."

The comments came on the heels of a March 24 reorganization of AOL into four product groups. One of the four divisions is the Netscape Enterprise Group which will continue to serve Netscape's enterprise customers and contribute to America Online's part of the e-commerce alliance with Sun. The move was expected to lead to reductions of 350 to 500 positions at Netscape.

On April 1, the resignation of Jamie Zawinski, engineer and founding member of mozilla.org, also prompted concerns. Zawinski left the company while posting unfavorable comments about his tenure on his homepage.

"Netscape no longer had the talent, either in engineering or management, to ship quality products," he said.

For its part, AOL has continually restated it's support for mozilla.org.