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.

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by Malc

Monday January 19th, 2004 7:36 AM

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How many times do I have to state this? I don't dislike the suite! I want a suite. What I do not like (intensely dislike infact) is the current implementation and architecture of the suite. There's no reason why a multi-process version of the suite can't meet any of the requirements you mention. In fact, I believe it will provide a better solution for everybody's needs. Trust me: I *know* that the *birds are a beta product, which is why I want a stop this BSing around with the current production implementation which is based on a broken architectural model. The current implementation is good enough that it can tread water for a while whilst we wait for the alternative to be bring up to par... assuming of course that it doesn't take as long as Mozilla 1.0 did.