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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Monday January 19th, 2004 8:49 AM
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That integrated suite of birds doesn't still exist, and if even the current versions using a common GRE won't be as inegrated as seamonkey. Also, there aren't plans to make the birds as "strange-features" full as seamonkey, and seamonkey is REALLY all-in-one, I mean that you start a single process once, and one it loaded, you don't want anymore. I know that it goes against reality :-P, but seamonkey 1.6 loads up faster that fbird 0.7+ in my machine :-D. And don't forget that many people are used to the UI, the feel, etc., of seamonkey, and like it how it is. They won't like the birds just because seamonkey isn't there anymore. And there's no reason to at least let people to continue developing seamonkey, and to continue upgrading the core (gecko), as it's the same in all mozilla apps.