One of the things that has gone unmentioned in this thread so far is that objection to Eich among Mozilla's employee base was so severe that three board members quit after Eich's appointment as CEO.
Three Mozilla board members resign after Eich's appointment as CEO: report - San Francisco Business Times
One of them said:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/05/te...illa.html?_r=0“Mozilla has always been a messy place, and misunderstood,” said John Lilly, a former chief executive and former board member of Mozilla. “People on the outside can’t decide if it’s the United Nations, or Apple, or a nongovernmental organization, or a soup kitchen. It’s a hybrid, mission-driven organization.”
“This is playing out as a fight over free speech and equal rights, but that oversimplifies it,” he said. ‘This is about how organizations will process individual rights and free speech, and how leadership helps them think through that.”
And from the NYT story:
He wasn't forced out.Both Ms. Baker and Mr. Hoffman said that they tried to get Mr. Eich to remain in a senior position at Mozilla, but that he quit because he thought it would cause more harm to the company if he stayed. “He was the right person for all of the technical growth, but the other things steered into him hard,” Mr. Hoffman said. “He said, ‘My continuing is not good for me or the organization.’ ”