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.

#4 This is great news

by fedetxf

Friday January 16th, 2004 9:06 PM

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It was suggested before that the suite was going to fade out. I felt a bit alone as believing the suite was "a good thing". Now I finally see a confirmation of what I supected based on people's comments, the suite will stay. I think the suite makes a perfect solution for someone using both the browser and mail client. Being integrated they open quickly if they one of them is already open. that alone makes a lot of sense to many usersand saves memery and resources (I tend to believe that, but it may not be true). Besides, the suite is really stable and full featured, FB and TB have a few better features, but lack a lot of basic stuff and are less polished being still beta.