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.

#26 Fragmenting to Oblivion?

by kepardue

Saturday January 17th, 2004 9:14 PM

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Well, it seems that Mozilla has been in the process of fragmenting itself since AOL decided to part ways with it. I agree with the concepts behind with the suite (like the integration, hate the look and feel and organization of prefs), and I agree with the concepts behind the standalone's (like the look and feel with reservations, but hate the lack of integration with other components), but is it really prudent to do work on both of them? Suppose you were to instead focus resources on integrating the standalones together so that they *are* separate programs, but seem to function seamlessly... wouldn't that be the best option for the "suite", as well as accomplish both objectives?

Just seems like they're fragmenting themselves into oblivion sometimes.