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.
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Sunday January 18th, 2004 4:13 PM
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Don't you know that most of the differences between the suite and the aviary are in the UI?.. Many of "Mozilla's features" are included in Gecko, too, so a patch for a problem in seamonkey will often fix it too in firebird, thunderbird, or the equivalent component. Also, as you don't like the suite, many people like the suite and don't like the birds, but aren't out there talking "stop the birds", caus it'll be stupid. If the suite is mantained is because organizations want/like it and many people too, if the birds are maintained is because many end users like them. Two products for two targets. MARKETING. If you are thinking that a suite can be composed of birds: a company donesn't want nice UIs or happy prefs, they want to customize the program wo their needs and need corporate features. Although nearly all of the features are shared between the birds and the suite, the suite puts more attention on "strange" features, that are the ones organizations may use. Don't forget that the birds are still in beta stage, and that to build a suite of birds it's first necessary to use a unique GRE among all the bird-suite's apps.