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.

#6 Good decision, nobody has to suffer disadvantages

by durbacher

Saturday January 17th, 2004 1:52 AM

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Good for those who like the suite to get official releases -- and in no way bad for the bird lovers. Sometimes people from the outside complain why development does not focus on the standalone apps yet, but they don't know this: Most (by far) of the Mozilla Foundation paid work is going into the birds (eiter FB/TB UI or Gecko backend). Suite-specific work is almost exclusively done by volunteers who like the suite. The switch to the birds as the default most probably will not make them suddenly like the birds over the suite and certainly cannot force them to contribute patches to them instead of the suite. So this official switch will probably change development less than most people think.