Roadmap Update: Mozilla Application Suite will be Sustained
Friday January 16th, 2004
Brendan Eich has updated the Mozilla Development Roadmap, adding a note that the Mozilla Foundation has no plans to retire the Mozilla Application Suite in the near future and will continue to release updates to the program, also known as SeaMonkey. This means that users of the Mozilla Application Suite will continue to benefit from changes made to core components such as the Gecko rendering engine and the Necko networking library. However, no major updates are planned for the frontend user interface, as the Foundation still wants to focus innovation in this area on the standalone applications, such as Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird. Sustaining the Mozilla Application Suite will benefit enterprises and other organisations that have standardised on Mozilla 1.x, as well as providing a smooth upgrade path for users of the discontinued Netscape browser and other derivatives of SeaMonkey.
Brendan Eich's newsgroup posting has more details about the Roadmap revision. A major Roadmap overhaul, outlining the path to Mozilla 2.0 and the future of the open Web, is planned for later this month.
#11 only until the *birds can be combined
Saturday January 17th, 2004 7:39 AM
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I think that the goal for 2.0 (perhaps) should be to be able to retire Seamonkey in favor of bird apps that can be added together to create the same thing based on the GRE. That is, the user can download Firebird and add Thunderbird functionality to that if they want, and then Sunbird, etc. Or, they can just download them all together and have the suite. The key will have to be only one GRE used for the whole shebang to avoid redendant Gecko code.