Full Article Attached 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.

#20 Very sad

by Malc

Saturday January 17th, 2004 1:28 PM

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This is bad news: this monolithic monstrosity will continue to sap resources. I think they should freeze it completely from a functionality point of view and just put it in to maintenance mode. The stand alone apps need more attention so that they can be brought up to the level of their equivalent in Sea Monkey.

I want a Mozilla Suite, but I don't want this crappy single process we have now. Every component needs to be in a separate process. In fact, things like Firebird should be able to run in multiple concurrent processes. Stand-alone apps are not synonymous with loss of integration, although reading the comments here and over the last few months, it's obvious a lot of people think this.

The current architecture is folly and troublesome - why should a buggy plugin in the browser bring down the mail client and wipe out the email I've been working on? Why should processing a large newsgroup make browsing impossible? It shouldn't. There are other tightly integrated product suites out there that work very well without the need of running in a single process. Furthermore, there is no reason why standard alone apps in the same suite should appear any different to a monolithic app from a UI perspective.