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SeaMonkey 1.0.1 Released

We’re pleased to announce our first security/stability release, SeaMonkey 1.0.1, available for download here.
All users of previous SeaMonkey versions, the Netscape suite and the Mozilla suite (which will be completely discontinued following a final security release next week) are encouraged to upgrade to this new version of the suite product line, as SeaMonkey 1.0.1 fixes many issues present in older versions.
Details on the security fixes in this release will soon be available here (SeaMonkey 1.0.1 contains all of the security fixes in Firefox Details on other changes can be found in the release notes.
For the first time, we support Intel Macs as well as PowerPC, though we are currently unable to test on Intel Macs.

Roadmaps – SeaMonkey 1.0, 1.1, and 1.5

Here’s a pretty picture showing our roadmap with planned releases from the various branches. Generally, we’re planning to ship releases at about the same time as Firefox releases (i.e. SM1.1 when Fx2 ships, SM1.5 when Fx3 ships)
Large Version
Trunk + 4 branches seems like lot to be maintaining, but we currently don’t expect to ship anything from the 1.8 branch after 1.8.1 branches off it, and 1.8.0 branch will probably just be getting security fixes so it shouldn’t take too much work to maintain.
You may also want to look at KaiRo’s newsgroup post on, which has more details on our plans.

SeaMonkey 1.0 released

It’s been almost a year since the birth of the SeaMonkey project following the official end of development of the Mozilla suite, and I’m happy to announce that we made it to 1.0!
Those of you who are still using Mozilla 1.7 should try it out – same look and feel, many new features (of particular interest: drag&drop reordering of tabs, support for a common inbox for multiple email accounts, SVG, <canvas>, and phishing detection). See our official announcement for a few more details. Looking back at our 1.0 beta announcement, we did hit our target release date 🙂

SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta Released

After much delay, we’ve released SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta, based on Gecko 1.8 (which also powers Firefox 1.5). Some interesting changes since 1.0 Alpha: our new logo, tab drag-drop reodering, autoscroll, the ability to return to a tab’s “parent” when it is closed, and numerous bugfixes.
We’re planning to ship SeaMonkey 1.0 in January.
SeaMonkey consists of a state-of-the-art web browser, a powerful mail and news client, a WYSIWYG HTML editor, and an IRC chat application. It also includes tools for web developers, such as the DOM Inspector and the JavaScript Debugger.

Beta freeze December 14th 11:59pm PST

We’ll be freezing for 1.0 beta at 11:59pm tomorrow, Wednesday December 15th. Beta will be feature complete and L10n-frozen, so between beta and final we’ll only be accepting stability/security/regression fixes (plus minor polish chages). We’ll need heavy testing of the branch nightlies from then on so we can ship SeaMonkey 1.0 beta in the next few days – report any bugs you find and set the “blocking-seamonkey1.0b?” flag.
For more information, see Robert Kaiser’s post on netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey.

New SeaMonkey Logo Announced

After months of submissions and selection processes, we’ve announced a new logo for the project and our application. Our initial call for logo submissions was answered with no fewer than 197 different proposals submitted by Mozilla and SeaMonkey community members. From those 197 logos, among many good options, we selected the new logo after many discussions and a long decision process.
Over many meetings and email discussions, we pared down the submissions to an initial group of just over 20 logos based on initial votes. At that point, each of us presented arguments in favor of submissions we liked and against those we didn’t, and ranked the top few logos in our order of preference. Unfortunately, all 5 council members had different favorites, so it took a lot of discussion after that point to pick a final logo. We narrowed it down to the top 2 choices – 76 and 137, and after yet more debates, settled on a variant of 76:

The new artwork focuses on an abstract figure resembling a “Sea Monkey”, colored in a light, cyan/blue color, standing out from a dark blue circle with a wave pattern in the middle. This design, created by Alex Butin, looks professional and polished, and fits perfectly as an icon on a modern computer desktop; it is easily recognizable even in small sizes. Additionally, the look fits well with the rest of the product family (Firefox, Thunderbird, Camino, Sunbird).
SeaMonkey 1.0 beta will include the new logo, and will be available in the next few weeks. “Nightly” branch builds will have the artwork within the next few days, and trunk builds already include it.

SeaMonkey 1.0 beta and 1.5 alpha plans

This is taken from KaiRo’s post on netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey (but with some edits):
Our current plan [for 1.0 beta] is to get outstanding bugs marked “blocking-seamonkey1.0b+” fixed, the main thing being the new artwork being introduced and our new logo, which will be announced soon (we have decided on it, and are currently preparing all imagery needed to make builds with it available). Then we and everybody able to help will need to test/QA the hell out of those builds, and we hope we can release a Beta approx. one or two weeks after the artwork is in.
SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta is planned to be feature and hopefully L10n freeze for final – only stability, security and regression fixes should go in after that; we need even more hands and eyes on testing those and following builds, so that we can release 1.0 final shortly after Gecko 1.8 final is out.
If further security releases to 1.0 are needed, they might be called 1.0.x, while a seperate branch from the 1.0 codebase will be used to develop SeaMonkey 1.1, which should contain additional feature work, but no big restructuring. See
Bug 315212 for what we plan there.
On the other hand, “trunk” will see some big restructuring of code, targeting a migration to the new toolkit (which means at least its UI bindings and at most full XULRunner capability, though the truth might lie somewhere between those two), as well as the consolidation of SeaMonkey-specific code in the suite/ directory of the source tree and making “source L10n” possible. Along with that, things like a new icon set for the default theme (“Classic”, if it’s still called that then) and new features like the stuff from 1.1 should be seen here as well. And, of course, any improvements in core/Gecko trunk code will be available there.
As you see, lots of stuff lies ahead of us, and the project is not dead at all 🙂

Logo decision status update

Unfortunately it took longer than expected to pick a winning logo, but the choice has been made. The final logo is very similar to one of the submissions (with slight color modifications). We’re currently working with the author to create the final image, and will announce it as soon as it’s ready. The first builds with the new artwork should be available within a day of the announcement.

Logo contest closing next week

Since we’ll need some time to choose a logo from all the logo submissions we’ve received and create derivative artwork for the browser before doing a SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta release (planned for some time around October 5th), we will stop accepting submissions for the logo contest after Monday next week – the deadline is 2005-09-26 23:59 PDT. Be sure to submit your logos by then!

SeaMonkey 1.0 Alpha Released

SeaMonkey 1.0 Alpha has been released. Compared to Mozilla 1.7, SeaMonkey contains many new features, bugfixes, and performance improvements. It’s based on Gecko 1.8b4 (the engine behind Firefox 1.5b1, though SeaMonkey includes an extra security fix). We’re still looking for a logo – none of the current artwork is official, so be sure to submit yours!
Some new features of interest: SVG support, <canvas> support, fast back and forward navigation, new error pages (instead of dialogs), notification when downloads finish, phishing protection, inline spellchecking, roaming profiles, and JavaScript 1.6. More info is available in the release notes.
SeaMonkey consists of a state-of-the-art web browser, a powerful mail and news client, a WYSIWYG HTML editor, and an IRC chat application. It also includes tools for web developers, such as the DOM Inspector and the JavaScript Debugger.
Update: Download completion notification is not on by default – it can be enabled by choosing “Preferences” from the “Edit” menu, and checking the box(es) at the bottom of the “Downloads” pane (in the “Navigator” section).