September 7, 2005

Time for a change

I've got some news that I've been sitting on for a few days and wanted to finally share it with everyone. It's really not that big of a deal in some respects, but a big deal in others, as you'll see. Regardless, I'm excited.

This past Friday, I accepted a position at Google working on the Firefox team. My last day at AOL, where I spent the last eight years of my life (including Netscape) will be in a couple of weeks. I want to make it clear that it's not an indication of AOL as a company, about the future of Mac development at AOL, or about the team of very talented people I've worked with over the years. I'm very excited about AOL's new outlook and direction on Mac development (AOL Radio, now in beta, is an awesome little app). Simply put, I was presented with an opportunity at the right place and right time in my life, and to not take it would be silly.

So now let me address the large elephant in the corner: what oh what does it mean for Camino now that Pink is going to work on Firefox? The answer: only good things. Remember that Google employees get 20% of their time to work on their own pet projects. While some of that time will hopefully be spent nurturing the growing Mac community within Google, a lot of that time will be directly spent on Camino. That's right, I'm (indirectly) getting paid to keep working on it. That's going to be a big help with the push for 1.0 coming up this Fall. In addition, just as Josh blogged not so many months ago, there is plenty of Mac-specific work that benefits all Gecko browsers, and now there's one more Mac guy available to help out.

So on one hand, I'm sad to be leaving the Mac group at AOL right when they're finally on the right track after so many false-starts, but I'm excited about the new opportunities, a chance to devote more time to my favorite open source project. In all honesty, I don't know much about what I'll be doing full time at Google. They really haven't told me much, nor would I be allowed to talk about it if they did.

I'll keep everyone posted. Just remember, this is a very good thing for Camino.

Posted by pinkerton at September 7, 2005 2:56 PM