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SeaMonkey 2.0.7 Security Update

As part of Mozilla’s ongoing stability and security update process, SeaMonkey 2.0.7 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from www.seamonkey-project.org.
We strongly recommend that all SeaMonkey and old suite users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have SeaMonkey 2.0, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Help menu.
For a list of changes and more information, please review the SeaMonkey 2.0.7 Release Notes.
Note: All users of the outdated SeaMonkey 1.x, Mozilla or Netscape suites are encouraged to upgrade to SeaMonkey 2.0 by downloading it from www.seamonkey-project.org.

SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 3 Available

SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 3 marks a third preview milestone on the way to the future of Mozilla’s SeaMonkey Internet suite and is now available for free download. Please note that this pre-release version is still intended for developers and testers only. As always, we appreciate any feedback you may have and encourage
users to help us by filing bugs.
The new improvements of this developer preview compared to the last one include:

  • Personas support.
  • A reworked bookmarks system.
  • By default, tabs are opened instead of new windows.
  • Address book toolbars can now be customized.
  • Find in Page now works with a toolbar.
  • New possibilites for web developers are supported, like CSS Transitions and the W3C Indexed Database API.

We welcome any and all discussions on this alpha 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 2.1 Alpha 3 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!

SeaMonkey 2.0.6 Security Update

As part of Mozilla’s ongoing stability and security update process, SeaMonkey 2.0.6 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from www.seamonkey-project.org.
We strongly recommend that all SeaMonkey and old suite users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have SeaMonkey 2.0, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Help menu.
For a list of changes and more information, please review the SeaMonkey 2.0.6 Release Notes.
Note: All users of the outdated SeaMonkey 1.x, Mozilla or Netscape suites are encouraged to upgrade to SeaMonkey 2.0 by downloading it from www.seamonkey-project.org.

SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 2 Released

SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 2, the second preview milestone on the way to the future of Mozilla’s SeaMonkey Internet suite, is now available for free download. Please note that this pre-release version is still intended for developers and testers only. As always, we appreciate any feedback you may have and encourage users to help us by filing bugs.
The new improvements of this developer preview compared to the last one include:

  • New add-ons manager.
  • WebM video support.
  • Customizable toolbar elements now include Search, Folder Location and Mail Views on the messaging as well as Search and Go on the browser side.
  • Download Manager supports drag and drop now.
  • View Source windows are more consistent with each other and the rest of the suite.
  • The system’s default feed reader can now be detected and used where appropriate.

We welcome any and all discussions on this alpha 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 2.1 Alpha 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!

SeaMonkey 2.0.5 Security Update

As part of Mozilla’s ongoing stability and security update process, SeaMonkey 2.0.5 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from www.seamonkey-project.org.
We strongly recommend that all SeaMonkey and old suite users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have SeaMonkey 2.0, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Help menu.
For a list of changes and more information, please review the SeaMonkey 2.0.5 Release Notes.
Note: All users of the outdated SeaMonkey 1.x, Mozilla or Netscape suites are encouraged to upgrade to SeaMonkey 2.0 by downloading it from www.seamonkey-project.org.

SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 1 Available

SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 1, a first preview of functionality in work for SeaMonkey’s future is available for free download. Please note that this pre-release version is intended for developers and testers only. As always, we appreciate any feedback you may have and encourage users to help us by filing bugs.
This developer preview introduces many improvements, including:

  • Better performance on startup and shutdown, as well as for JavaScript.
  • Full screen HTML5 video.
  • Resizeable text areas in web forms.
  • A new Troubleshooting Information page (about:support).
  • Notification bars for MailNews return receipts (MDN).
  • Support for SMIL animation, CSS transitions, a new HTML5 parser, new DOM, HTML5 and CSS features as well as downloadable WOFF fonts.
  • CSS :visited selectors that cannot be read by web sites (privacy improvement).

We welcome any and all discussions on this alpha 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 2.1 Alpha 1 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!
P.S.: A Belarusian localization of this entry is now available!

SeaMonkey 2 contributor interviews: Aqualon

Our series of SeaMonkey 2 contributor interviews is moving along! This time, we’re talking with Aqualon:
Who are you?
My name is Bruno Escherl, I’m at the end of my twenties and I’m studying computer science at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.
How did you become a SeaMonkey contributor?
Netscape was my first browser back at the end of the last Millennium, so the switch to Mozilla Suite was inevitable. After the good old suite ended and I didn’t like the Firefox/Thunderbird approach I became a regular SeaMonkey user, joined the irc-channels and just got into it by reporting bugs and fixing small bugs myself.
What notable contribution did you make to SeaMonkey 2.0?
I’ve ported some of the prefpanes to the new prefwindow and also integrated some fixes from Thunderbird into our MailNews Code (e.g. the vcard attachment display).
How can users give something back to you?
Use SeaMonkey and if you want to contribute to it, just give it a start and join the #seamonkey channel @ irc.mozilla.org 🙂
Why, in your eyes, should people use SeaMonkey 2.0?
You should use SeaMonkey 2.0 if you want to have a matured user interface that isn’t changing every version and want to use the same software for browsing the web and managing your emails.
What next step do you see for SeaMonkey, and what would you like to happen in the Mozilla and SeaMonkey projects?
It would be nice if more extension authors would enable their extensions to support SeaMonkey 2.0 (many thanks to those who have already done it :)).
The next big step or vision I see is a closer integration between the different parts of SeaMonkey to make a real integrated Internet suite that fits for all your internet needs.

SeaMonkey 2 contributor interviews: sgautherie

It’s been a while, but we are back with our series of SeaMonkey 2 contributor intereviews! This week, it’s time to chat with sgautherie:
Who are you?
My name is Serge Gautherie.
I was born in Paris, France, and I have always lived there.
I was born in the early 1970s.
I’m a computer software engineer:
I’ve worked 7 years on building and maintaining XNet applications with Java EE and Oracle for different companies;
the last few years, I’ve been working on internet games with PHP and MySQL… 😐
Oh, and to curious people, I had 1-2 Nintendo gamepads, an Atari console, an Apple //c computer, some “IBM P.C.” compatibles, …
How did you become a SeaMonkey contributor?
If memory serves (though probably not fully exact)…
I started to use Mosaic then Netscape 2 on Windows 3.1, then Netscape 3 on Win-OS/2 2.1 and AIX, then Netscape 4 on Windows 95.
I switched to Mozilla Application Suite at around 0.9.5 in October 2001, my first comment was in April 2002 (bug 135570), my first filed bug in September 2002 (bug 168815), my first assigned bug about January 2004.
I began contributing with some bug reporting/triaging then I did some simple XUL+JS patches with cvs and Gerv’s PatchMaker.
Eventually, I got a computer with which I could compile and I did some C/C++ patches for a while. Yet I waited for the move to Mercurial repository to become fully active.
Since then, I’ve carried on doing reporting/triaging/QA and a bunch of patches (rarely complicated but still mostly useful).
My main interest is in SeaMonkey, yet I contribute to Core and other projects too 😉
What notable contribution did you make to SeaMonkey 2.0?
I think I’ve done quite some work over the years but I didn’t create any major backend or UI feature.
I’m doing lots of simple (or less simple) ports from Core, Firefox, Thunderbird, and some fixes/enhancements including to tests.
A year ago, I spent a lot of time helping to improve the test harnesses (in trunk and in buildbot), especially in automating leak detection, to name one very visible feature.
More recently, I’ve been working hard on resynchronizing and cleaning up the comm-central configure and build system. This (round of this) task should be completed “soon” :-]
How can users give something back to you?
I really wish I knew!
In the meantime, some who feels like it can try to be a little more than users (which is already great) by contributing howerver seldom: just fo it 🙂
As a note, I discovered in September 2008 that “someone” (;->) at Mozilla Europe had given my name to be invited at the first Moz’Camp (in Barcelona) … and that was the first time I met in person with other Mozillians actually 😀
There have been a few other events which I attended since then and I have started to socialize with them ;-]
Why, in your eyes, should people use SeaMonkey 2.0?
On one hand, I like to find Firefox in public places where a small, fast and secure browser is very useful to stay in touch.
On the other hand, I do like SeaMonkey at home: using and updating an integrated suite (instead of several applications) is so much easier to me.
Did I say I don’t remember the last time I used Windows Internet Explorer 6?
Then why SeaMonkey? It’s open source, it’s free, Mozilla saved us from I.E. monopoly (long) after Netscape was overwhelmed :-/
What next step do you see for SeaMonkey, and what would you like to happen in the Mozilla and SeaMonkey projects?
SeaMonkey 2.1 continuing mission is to explore strang^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hswitch to more new-Toolkit features, as SeaMonkey 2.0 was already a major step after the 1.x series.
The very good news currently are that we’ll soon be able to stop maintaining SeaMonkey 1.1 and we have great hope that KompoZer and SeaMonkey will eventually merge back together this year 🙂
I also wish KaiRo (the SeaMonkey project leader ;-)) could find time to look into whether creating some kind of company to support the project further would be realistic…

SeaMonkey 2.0.4 Security Update

As part of Mozilla’s ongoing stability and security update process, SeaMonkey 2.0.4 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux as a free download from www.seamonkey-project.org.
We strongly recommend that all SeaMonkey and old suite users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have SeaMonkey 2.0, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the Help menu.
For a list of changes and more information, please review the SeaMonkey 2.0.4 Release Notes.
Note: All users of the outdated SeaMonkey 1.x, Mozilla or Netscape suites are encouraged to upgrade to SeaMonkey 2.0 by downloading it from www.seamonkey-project.org.

Support For SeaMonkey 1.x Dropped

In January 2006, SeaMonkey 1.0 was released, a 1.1 release followed a year later. Another three years later, the SeaMonkey project is discontinuing support for the SeaMonkey 1.x series today in favor of SeaMonkey 2.0, which is not only more modern, but also maintained for stability and security problems.
As the SeaMonkey 1.x series no longer receives security updates, due to resource constraints, the SeaMonkey team strongly urges users of that series to upgrade. Additionally, the team continues to strongly urge people still using the old Mozilla Suite or Netscape 4, 6 or 7 to upgrade to the new SeaMonkey 2.0 version. All these older software packages suffer from a large, and steadily increasing, number of security vulnerabilities because they are no longer being maintained.
Everyone on reasonably modern operating systems is urged to switch to the newest release available for free download from the open source project’s website at www.seamonkey-project.org, providing the familiar suite functionality in a remodernized application with additional features and fully up to date security.
For the few who can’t afford that, a last 1.x release is available. SeaMonkey 1.1.19 does fix a few security issues, but not all known security vulnerabilites, some of which may even be grave. Those are only fixed in the new SeaMonkey 2.0, which will continue to be maintained for quite some time and updated for any security issues as they might arise, while the team is working on evolving the well-known suite even further in future versions.