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A longtime Mozilla Corporation VP has quit the open source outfit he co-founded in 1998.

Mike Shaver, who oversaw technical strategy for the past six years at the Firefox maker, confirmed he was hanging up his hot foxy boots in a blog post. Shaver was among those who founded the Mozilla Organization following the release of Netscape's web browser source code.

"I haven't yet decided what's next, though I have some exciting opportunities to explore. I am still truly, madly, deeply in love with Mozilla and the web it is building, and grateful for the opportunities that it’s created for me," he wrote.

Ex-Firefox top developer Mike Beltzner led the tributes in the comments section on Shaver's blog.

"There are few easy ways to sum up your impact on the web, on Mozilla, and on your colleagues," he gushed.

"Sometimes it was like a brick through a plate glass window, sometimes it was like ripples on the water. All the time it was done with love and humanity."

Beltzner, who joined Mozilla in 2005, confirmed he had resigned from his post in February this year.

The two Mikes are both highly regarded in the open source community, so Shaver's exit will probably come as a big blow to Mozilla. ®

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