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posted by chromas on Thursday August 13 2020, @05:55AM   Printer-friendly
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Mozilla lays off 250 employees while it refocuses on commercial products

The Mozilla Corporation announced today it was laying off approximately 250 staff members in a move to shore up the organization's financial future.

The layoffs were publicly announced in a blog post today. Employees were notified hours before, earlier this morning, via an email [PDF] sent by Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Corporation CEO and Mozilla Foundation Chairwoman.

Baker's message cited the organization's need to adapt its finances to a post-COVID-19 world and re-focus the organization on new commercial services.

[...] In 2018, the Mozilla Corporation said it had around 1,000 full-time employees worldwide. Mozilla previously laid off 70 employees in January. Several sources have told ZDNet that the recent layoffs accounted for nearly a quarter of the organization's workforce.

Main casualties of today's layoffs were the developers working on the company's experimental Servo browser engine and Mozilla's threat management security team. The latter is the security team that investigates security reports and performs incident response. The security team that fixes bugs in Mozilla products is still in place, according to sources and a Mozilla spokesperson.

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  • (Score: 2) by DeVilla on Friday August 14 2020, @08:14PM (3 children)

    by DeVilla (5354) on Friday August 14 2020, @08:14PM (#1036727)

    Is there an alternative that didn't toss the useful addons, but still has the newer "theme"? I understand how a lot of folks hates australis and not having a choice about it. Australis doesn't have theme-able eye-candy like some of the old themes I liked, but I like how easy it is to remove the icons I don't use, keep ones I do, and intentionally hiding semi-useful ones in the overflow. But I've never found a replacement for half the addons that used to help be me work efficiently.

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  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday August 15 2020, @08:17PM (2 children)

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Saturday August 15 2020, @08:17PM (#1037223) Journal

    Waterfox classic still supports old-type add-ons. I've not been following closely the names of all the different UI versions, so I can't say whether it is Australis or not, but you definitely can move/remove the icons. It's based on the last version of Firefox before disabling the old-type extensions.

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    • (Score: 2) by DeVilla on Saturday August 15 2020, @08:55PM (1 child)

      by DeVilla (5354) on Saturday August 15 2020, @08:55PM (#1037238)

      Thanks. Waterfox looks right. Now to see if I can find my old addons anymore. Their link to wayback doesn't allow searching.