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.

#29 Re: Fragmenting to Oblivion?

by mlefevre

Sunday January 18th, 2004 8:11 AM

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No, it probably wouldn't be prudent to work on moving forward with both the suite and the birds. But the Mozilla Foundation aren't doing that. The only work they are doing on the suite is to make sure it doesn't fall apart, and to facilitate the work of third parties using the suite. All new development will be (and has been since 1.4) focused on "the Aviary".

Dropping the suite completely would not result in any significant amount more resources going towards the birds.

Hopefully the new roadmap doc will make this point very clear...