Monthly Archives: September 2009

SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 2 Completes New Feature Set

Less than 8 weeks after the first beta, the SeaMonkey team released SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 2 today, completing the planned feature set for the next generation of the successful Internet suite, with a final 2.0 version expected next month.
Building on the great heritage of the Netscape Communicator and Mozilla Application suites, SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 2 combines a state-of-the-art web browser based on the same core as Firefox 3.5.3 with a solid email and newsgroups client and a simple HTML editor, rounding the experience with web development tools and IRC chat.
In addition to the changes in the first beta release, this version features

  • tabbed mail, enabling accounts, folders and even single messages to be opened in tabs inside the Mail & Newsgroups window, as well as enabling the Lightning extension to be installed into SeaMonkey for calendering functionality.
  • a completely renewed default theme on Mac OS X to better fit with the look of Leopard and Snow Leopard,
  • reopening of closed browser windows (Undo Close Window),
  • introduction of simpler interfaces for extension developers (SMILE),
  • and a large number of other, smaller improvements.

The release notes include a detailed list of improvements in comparison to SeaMonkey 1.1.18, our current stable release.
We welcome any and all discussions on this beta on our newsgroups, or you can even file a bug if you find one. Be sure to check our Known Issues prior to filing bugs.
SeaMonkey 2.0 Beta 2 is available for free download on the SeaMonkey website. Once you have downloaded and installed this release, we’d like to encourage you to get involved in discussing and reporting problems as well as further improving the product.
Thanks for testing and helping us to make SeaMonkey even better!

suite/ tree rules leading up to SeaMonkey 2.0

SeaMonkey has tagged 2.0b2, which is the last beta for this series and considered feature-complete. From now on, no further feature work is expected on the 1.9.1-based suite/ code, which is currently still coming from the comm-central repository.
Possible exceptions can only be granted on a case-by-case basis and need really good reason for still landing for this series (“API compatibility with Thunderbird 3” is a good reason, “would be nice to have it” is a bad reason at this point in time).
To ensure this, all patches to suite/ need to be from a bug with wanted-seamonkey2.0+ or blocking-seamonkey2.0+ flags set or need to have approval-seamonkey2-0+ granted.
We will be fast in granting the approval flag where it’s reasonable. I also like to ask SeaMonkey Council members who are doing reviews on patches that are obviously no problem with the “no features” rule to grant/set the approval flag right away if they are doing the last needed review, to make this process as smooth as possible right now.
Patches to mailnews/ that need or are only reasonable with changes to both mail/ and suite/ and are accepted for Thunderbird 3 are excepted for now and can land without the extra hassle of SeaMonkey approval.
A second exception is patches that touch tests only, those are always allowed without approval or any of the other flags, review alone is enough for them.
This is not for making things more complicated, but to get the focus on work that’s really fixing the rough edges we still have in SeaMonkey-specific code and finishing things up to be able to freeze the code early in October for a stable release that lives up to the expectations.
When requesting approval, please state the (stability) risk this patch poses and the reason why we need to take this patch for 2.0 right in the comment that goes along with the request.
We hope that this process helps making us a good release!

SeaMonkey 1.1.18 Security Release

Today, the SeaMonkey project released a new version of its all-in-one internet suite. SeaMonkey 1.1.18 closes several security vulnerabilities found in previous versions.
SeaMonkey 1.1.18 is available for free download from the open source project’s website at
Read the full article on the SeaMonkey news page.