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.
#14 Firebird & Enterprise enviroments
Saturday January 17th, 2004 9:46 AM
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I work in a huge IT shop (over 75,000 internal clients) and we actually have a couple of pilot applications using XUL & Mozilla Suite.
The problems that we have had with Firebird is the lack of polish and hassle to install desired extensions, and the lack of consistent preference menus as someone mentioned earlier. The extensions do not seem to have a "silent" or offline installation mode, which causes our software distribution people spend alot of time just prepping Firebird packages.
Our conclusion is that if you have fast computers available, use the suite.