SeaMonkey

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SeaMonkey
SeaMonkey.png
SeaMonkey 2.26 on Arch Linux.png
SeaMonkey Navigator 2.26
Developer(s) SeaMonkey Council
Initial release January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30)
Stable release 2.29.1 (September 24, 2014; 1 day ago (2014-09-24)[1]) [±]
Preview release 2.29 Beta 2 (September 2, 2014; 23 days ago (2014-09-02)[2]) [±]
Written in C++, XUL, XBL, JavaScript
Operating system Windows, OS X, Linux
Platform Gecko
Available in 26 languages[3]
Type Internet suite
License MPL/GPL/LGPL[4]
Website seamonkey-project.org

SeaMonkey is a free and open-source[5] Internet suite. It is the continuation of the former Mozilla Application Suite, based on the same source code. [6]

The development of SeaMonkey is community-driven, in contrast to the Mozilla Application Suite, which until its last released version (1.7.13) was governed by the Mozilla Foundation. The new project-leading group is the SeaMonkey Council. The SeaMonkey Council, which is the team responsible for project and release management, currently consists of Philip Chee, Karsten Düsterloh, Jens Hatlak, Robert Kaiser, Ian Neal, Neil Rashbrook, Andrew Schultz and Justin Wood.

Components[edit]

SeaMonkey consists of a web browser (SeaMonkey Navigator), which is a descendant of the Netscape family, an e-mail and news client program (SeaMonkey Mail & Newsgroups, which shares code with Mozilla Thunderbird), an HTML editor (SeaMonkey Composer) and an IRC client (ChatZilla). The software suite supports skins. It comes with two skins in the default installation, Modern and Classic.[7]

Mail[edit]

Mail features includes support for multiple accounts, junk mail detection, message filters, HTML message support, a dictionary, an address book, customizable labels, add-ons and mail views as well as integration with the rest of suite.

Composer[edit]

SeaMonkey Composer 2.16

SeaMonkey Composer is a WYSIWYG HTML editor. Its main user interface features four tabs: Normal (WYSIWYG), HTML tags, HTML code, and browser preview. The generated code is HTML 4.01 Transitional. As of version 1.1.13, SeaMonkey Composer supports basic text formatting and styling, insertion of hyperlinks and images, and the creation of tables. It does not support the addition of form elements (text fields, check boxes, and buttons). SeaMonkey Composer is scheduled to be updated with the release of KompoZer 0.8 of which development stalled since 2007.

Portability[edit]

The SeaMonkey project releases official builds for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. It also releases “unofficial” x86-64 builds for Linux. Unofficial ports exist for Solaris, AIX, IRIX, HP-UX, Tru64 UNIX, OpenVMS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OS/2, and BeOS/magnussoft ZETA.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

A PC World review by Dennis O'Reilly described SeaMonkey version 1.0 as easy to use, except for ChatZilla, which he described as "jarring" and "clearly designed for web pros".[8] The reviewer found the program buggy and gave it 3.5 stars out of 5.

A Softpedia review thought the software suite version 1.0 was both easy to use and feature packed. Nistor rated the program 4 out of 5 stars. CNet users rated it 4/5 as of the 2.0.14 release.[9]

[7]


Naming[edit]

To avoid confusing organizations that still want to use the original Mozilla Suite, the new product needed a new name. After initial speculation by members of the community, a July 2, 2005 announcement confirmed that SeaMonkey would officially become the name of the Internet suite superseding the Mozilla Suite.

"Seamonkey" was formerly used (but with lowercase m) by Netscape and the Mozilla Foundation as a code name for the never-released "Netscape Communicator 5" and later the Mozilla Suite itself. Originally, the name derived from needing a nicer word instead of ButtMonkey[10] winning a contest for it and chosen with reference to brine shrimp. The SeaMonkey Council has now trademarked the name with help from the Mozilla Foundation.[11] The project uses a separate numbering scheme, with the first release being called SeaMonkey 1.0. Despite having a different name and version number, SeaMonkey 1.0 is based on the same code as Mozilla Suite 1.8.

For trademark and copyright reasons[5] Debian rebranded SeaMonkey and distributes it as Iceape.

History[edit]

SeaMonkey showing a verse in the Book of Mozilla

On March 10, 2005, the Mozilla Foundation announced that it would not release any official versions of Mozilla Application Suite beyond 1.7.x, since it had now focused on the standalone applications Firefox and Thunderbird.[12] However, the Foundation emphasized that it would still provide infrastructure for community members who wished to continue development. In effect, this meant that the suite would still continue to be developed, but now by the SeaMonkey Council instead of the Mozilla Foundation.

The first release of SeaMonkey happened on September 15, 2005.[13] SeaMonkey 1 was released on January 30, 2006.

Core Mozilla project source code was licensed under a disjunctive tri-license (before changing to MPL 2.0) that gave the choice of one of the three following sets of licensing terms: Mozilla Public License, version 1.1 or later, GNU General Public License, version 2.0 or later, GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2.1 or later.[14]

Release history[edit]

Parts of this table are based on the SeaMonkey release notes, the roadmap and the meeting notes.

  •   Old release
  •   Current release
  •   Future release
  •   Current test release
  •   Current pre-test release
Release history
Gecko Branch Version Release date Significant changes
1.8 1.0 Alpha September 15, 2005
1.0 Beta December 19, 2005
1.8.0 1.0 January 30, 2006[15] Official Version 1.0 release.
1.0.1 April 13, 2006 Security updates and native support for Intel-based Macintosh computers, via Universal Binary.
1.0.2 June 1, 2006 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.0.3 July 27, 2006 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.0.4 August 2, 2006 Small fix for a regression with the Microsoft Media Server protocol in 1.0.3.
1.0.5 September 14, 2006 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.0.6[16] November 8, 2006 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.0.7 December 20, 2006[17] Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.0.8 February 27, 2007 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.0.9 May 30, 2007 Stability improvement and security fixes. Marks the end of life for SeaMonkey 1.0.x series.
1.8.1 1.1 Alpha August 30, 2006 Major feature work
1.1 Beta November 8, 2006
1.1 January 18, 2007 Official Version 1.1 release.
1.1.1 February 28, 2007 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.2 May 30, 2007 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.3 July 19, 2007 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.4 August 3, 2007 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.5 October 19, 2007 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.6 November 5, 2007 Several small problems in displaying certain web pages corrected
1.1.7 November 30, 2007 Stability improvement and security fixes. Problem with running SeaMonkey from read-only application directories corrected.
1.1.8 February 7, 2008 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.9 March 25, 2008 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.10 July 2, 2008 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.11 July 15, 2008 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.12 September 23, 2008 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.13 November 12, 2008 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.14 December 16, 2008 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.15 March 18, 2009 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.16 April 8, 2009 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.17 June 22, 2009 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.18 September 3, 2009 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.1.19 March 16, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes. End-of-life of 1.1.x product line.

The last to support Windows 98/Me.
1.9.1 2.0 Alpha 1 October 5, 2008 Toolkit transition and major feature work
2.0 Alpha 2 December 10, 2008 Toolkit transition and major feature work
2.0 Alpha 3 March 3, 2009 Toolkit transition and major feature work
2.0 Beta 1 July 21, 2009 Follows Gecko 1.9.1.1 stable release, major feature work
2.0 Beta 2 September 12, 2009 major feature work
2.0 RC 1 October 10, 2009 first release candidate
2.0 RC 2 October 19, 2009 second release candidate
2.0 October 27, 2009 Official Version 2.0 release.
2.0.1 December 15, 2009 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.2 January 11, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.3 February 17, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.4 March 30, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.5 June 22, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.6 July 20, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.7 September 7, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.8 September 15, 2010 Stability improvements only.
2.0.9 October 20, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.10 October 28, 2010 Security fix.
2.0.11 December 9, 2010 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.12 March 2, 2011 Security fix.
2.0.13 March 23, 2011 Stability improvement and security fixes.
2.0.14 April 28, 2011 Stability improvement and security fixes.
1.9.3 2.1 Alpha 1 May 18, 2010 feature work
2.1 Alpha 2 July 7, 2010 new addons manager, feature work
2.0 2.1 Alpha 3 August 24, 2010 Third alpha release
2.1 Beta 1 October 20, 2010 First beta release
2.1 Beta 2 February 14, 2011 Second beta release
2.1 Beta 3 April 7, 2011 Third beta release
2.1 RC 1 May 12, 2011 First release candidate
2.1 RC 2 June 6, 2011 Second release candidate
2.1 June 10, 2011 Official Version 2.1 release.
5.0 2.2 Beta 1 June 22, 2011 First beta release
2.2 Beta 2 June 28, 2011 Second beta release
2.2 Beta 3 July 2, 2011 Third beta release
2.2 July 7, 2011 Official Version 2.2 release.
6.0 2.3 Beta 1 July 25, 2011 First beta release
2.3 Beta 2 July 31, 2011 Second beta release
2.3 Beta 3 August 6, 2011 Third beta release
2.3 August 16, 2011 Official Version 2.3 release.
2.3.1 August 23, 2011[18] Official Version 2.3.1 release. Added a security certificate in order to avoid disabling future automatic software updates.
2.3.2 August 31, 2011 [1] Official Version 2.3.2 release. Removed root certificate for Diginotar. Many downloads erroneously identify themselves as version 2.3.1.[19]
2.3.3 September 6, 2011 [2] Official Version 2.3.3 release. Removed trust exceptions for certificates issued by Staat der Nederlanden. Fixed an error with .gov.uk domains.
7.0 2.4 Beta 1 September 6/7, 2011[20] First beta release
2.4 Beta 2 September 12, 2011 Second beta release
2.4 Beta 3 September 18, 2011 Third beta release
2.4 September 27, 2011 Official Version 2.4 release.
2.4.1 September 29, 2011 Official Version 2.4.1 release.
8.0 2.5 Beta 1 September 30, 2011 First beta release
2.5 Beta 2 October 7, 2011 Second beta release
2.5 Beta 3 October 14, 2011 Third beta release
2.5 Beta 4 November 9, 2011 Fourth beta release
2.5 November 22, 2011 Official Version 2.5 release.
9.0 2.6 Beta 1 November 23, 2011 First beta release
2.6 Beta 2 December 3, 2011 Second beta release
2.6 Beta 3 December 9, 2011 Third beta release
2.6 Beta 4 December 14, 2011 Fourth beta release
2.6 December 20, 2011 Official Version 2.6 release.
2.6.1 December 22, 2011 Official Version 2.6.1 release.
10.0 2.7 Beta 1 December 24, 2011 First beta release
2.7 Beta 2 December 30, 2011 Second beta release
2.7 Beta 3 January 7, 2012 Third Beta release.
2.7 Beta 4 January 20, 2012 Fourth Beta release.
2.7 Beta 5 January 26, 2012 Fifth Beta release.
2.7 January 31, 2012 Official Version 2.7 release.
2.7.1 February 10, 2012 Official Version 2.7.1 release.
2.7.2 February 17, 2012 Official Version 2.7.2 release.
11.0 2.8 Alpha 1 December 17, 2011 First Alpha release.
2.8 Alpha 2 December 18, 2011 Second Alpha release.
2.8 Beta 1 February 4, 2012 First Beta release.
2.8 Beta 2 February 9, 2012 Second Beta release.
2.8 Beta 3 February 18, 2012 Third Beta release.
2.8 Beta 4 February 25, 2012 Fourth Beta release.
2.8 Beta 5 March 6, 2012 Fifth Beta release.
2.8 Beta 6 March 8, 2012 Sixth Beta release.
2.8 March 13, 2012 Official Version 2.8 release.
12.0 2.9 Alpha 1 January 20, 2012 First Alpha release.
2.9 Beta 1 March 26, 2012 First Beta release.
2.9 Beta 2 March 30, 2012 Second Beta release.
2.9 Beta 3 April 14, 2012 Third Beta release.
2.9 Beta 4 April 19, 2012 Fourth Beta release.
2.9 April 24, 2012 Official Version 2.9 release.
2.9.1 April 30, 2012 Official Version 2.9.1 release.
13.0 2.10 Beta 1 May 12, 2012 First Beta release.
2.10 Beta 2 May 23, 2012 Second Beta release.
2.10 Beta 3 June 1, 2012 Third Beta release.
2.10 June 6, 2012 Official Version 2.10 release.
2.10.1 June 16, 2012 Official Version 2.10.1 release.
14.0 2.11 Beta 1 June 8, 2012 First Beta release.
2.11 Beta 2 June 14, 2012 Second Beta release.
2.11 Beta 3 June 23, 2012 Third Beta release.
2.11 Beta 4 July 1, 2012 Fourth Beta release.
2.11 Beta 5 July 6, 2012 Fifth Beta release.
2.11 Beta 6 July 11, 2012 Sixth Beta release.
2.11 July 17, 2012 Official Version 2.11 release.
15.0 2.12 Beta 1 July 21, 2012 First Beta release.
2.12 Beta 2 July 27, 2012 Second Beta release.
2.12 August 28, 2012 Official Version 2.12 release.
2.12.1 September 10, 2012 Official Version 2.12.1 release.
16.0 2.13 Beta 1 September 1, 2012 First Beta release.
2.13 Beta 2 September 7, 2012 Second Beta release.
2.13 Beta 3 September 14, 2012 Third Beta release.
2.13 Beta 4 September 23, 2012 Fourth Beta release.
2.13 Beta 5 September 29, 2012 Fifth Beta release.
2.13 Beta 6 October 5, 2012 Sixth Beta release.
2.13 October 9, 2012 Official Version 2.13 release.
2.13.1 October 12, 2012 Official Version 2.13.1 release.
2.13.2 October 27, 2012 Official Version 2.13.2 release.
17.0 2.14 beta 1 October 22, 2012 First beta version.
2.14 beta 2 October 26, 2012 Second beta version.
2.14 beta 3 November 2, 2012 Third beta version.
2.14 beta 4 November 9, 2012 Fourth beta version.
2.14 beta 5 November 9, 2012 Fifth beta version.
2.14 November 9, 2012 Official Version 2.14.
2.14.1 November 30, 2012 Official Version 2.14.1.
18.0 2.15 beta 1 November 26, 2012 First beta version.
2.15 beta 2 December 9, 2012 Second beta version.
2.15 beta 3 December 7, 2012 Third beta version.
2.15 beta 4 December 14, 2012 Fourth beta version.
2.15 beta 5 December 21, 2012 Fifth beta version.
2.15 beta 6 January 2, 2013 Sixth beta version.
2.15 January 8, 2013 Official Version 2.15 release.
2.15.1 January 20, 2013 Official Version 2.15.1 release.
2.15.2 February 4, 2013 Official Version 2.15.2 release.
19.0 2.16 beta 1 January 12, 2013 First beta version.
2.16 beta 2 January 27, 2013 Second beta version.
2.16 Beta 3 February 1, 2013 Third beta version.
2.16 Beta 4 February 8, 2013 Fourth beta version.
2.16 Beta 5 February 15, 2013 Fifth beta version.
2.16 February 21, 2013 Official Version 2.16 release.
2.16.1 March 8, 2013 Official Version 2.16.1 release.
2.16.2 March 13, 2013 Official Version 2.16.2 release.
20.0 2.17 beta 1 February 26, 2013 First beta version.
2.17 beta 2 March 18, 2013 Second beta version.
2.17 beta 3 March 24, 2013 Third beta version.
2.17 beta 4 March 28,2013 Fourth beta version.
2.17 April 2, 2013 Official Version 2.17 release.
2.17.1 April 14, 2013 Official Version 2.17.1 release.
21.0 2.18 Beta 1 April 5, 2013 First beta version.
2.18 Beta 2 April 19, 2013 Second beta version.
2.18 Beta 3 April 27, 2013 Third beta version.
2.18 Beta 4 May 3, 2013 Fourth beta version.
2.18 not released Official Version 2.18 has been skipped due to technical problems with the build architecture.[21]
22.0 2.19 Beta 1 June 20, 2013 First beta version.
2.19 Beta 2 June 26, 2013 Second beta version.
2.19 July 2, 2013 Official Version 2.19 release.
23.0 2.20 Beta 1 July 9, 2013 First beta version.
2.20 Beta 2 July 23, 2013 Second beta version.
2.20 Beta 2 July 30, 2013 Third beta version.
2.20 August 6, 2013 Official Version 2.20 release.
24.0 2.21 Beta 1 September 7, 2013 First beta version.
2.21 Beta 2 September 11, 2013 Second beta version.
2.21 September 17, 2013 Official Version 2.21 release.
25.0 2.22 Beta 1 October 21, 2013 First beta version.
2.22 Beta 2 October 25, 2013 Second beta version.
2.22 October 30, 2013 Official Version 2.22 release.
2.22.1 November 18, 2013 Official Version 2.22.1 release.
26.0 2.23 Beta 1 December 6, 2013 First beta version.
2.23 Beta 2 December 8, 2013 Second beta version.
2.23 December 12, 2013 Official Version 2.23 release.
27.0 2.24 Beta 1 February 3, 2014 First beta version.
2.24 February 6, 2014 Official Version 2.24 release.
28.0 2.25 Beta 1 February 13, 2014 First beta version.
2.25 Beta 2 March 9, 2014 Second beta version.
2.25 Beta 3 March 14, 2014 Third beta version.
2.25 March 19, 2014 Official Version 2.25 release.
29.0 2.26 Beta 1 April 9, 2014 First beta version.
2.26 Beta 2 April 18, 2014 Second beta version.
2.26 May 2, 2014 Official Version 2.26.0 release.
2.26.1 June 16, 2014 Official Version 2.26.1 release.
30.0 2.27 not released Official Version 2.27 has been skipped due to technical problems with the build architecture.[22]
31.0 2.28 not released Official Version 2.28 has been skipped due to technical problems with the build architecture.[22]
32.0 2.29 Beta 1 August 27, 2014 First beta version.
2.29 Beta 2 September 2, 2014 Second beta version.
2.29 September 7, 2014 Official Version 2.29 release.
2.29.1 September 24, 2014 Official Version 2.29.1 release.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "SeaMonkey 2.29.1". 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  2. ^ "SeaMonkey 2.29 Beta 2". 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2014-09-02. 
  3. ^ "SeaMonkey Download & Releases". SeaMonkey Official Website. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  4. ^ "SeaMonkey: Legal Resources". SeaMonkey Council. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  5. ^ a b "Debian and Mozilla - a study in trademarks". LWN.net. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Andrew Powell (2014-02-14). "SeaMonkey - More than a Web Browser". TheLinuxRain. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  7. ^ a b Codrut Nistor (December 18, 2006). "SeaMonkey Review: Web Browsing and a Little More". Softpedia. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ Dennis O'Reilly (March 28, 2006). "SeaMonkey Offers Browser, E-Mail, and Chat". PC World. PCWorld Communications, Inc. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ "SeaMonkey". CNET Download.com. CBS Interactive. 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  10. ^ SeaMonkey: Name And Version
  11. ^ "SeaMonkey® trademarks registered!". Home of KaiRo. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  12. ^ "Two discontinued browsers". LWN.net. December 21, 2005. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ SeaMonkey Download & Releases
  14. ^ Mozilla.org
  15. ^ "SeaMonkey 1.0". Download & Releases. www.seamonkey-project.org. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  16. ^ "SeaMonkey 1.0.6". Download & Releases. www.seamonkey-project.org. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  17. ^ "SeaMonkey 1.0.7". Download & Releases. www.seamonkey-project.org. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  18. ^ "SeaMonkey 2.3.1". SeaMonkey Project News. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  19. ^ Callek (2011-08-31). "SeaMonkey 2.3.2 reports as 2.3.1…". Callek’s Blog. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  20. ^ SeaMonkey developers are located in different time zones and the official release date was written according to different time zones, September 6 or September 7, on different official web pages.
  21. ^ "SeaMonkey 2.18 Skipped". 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2014-09-02. 
  22. ^ a b "SeaMonkey 2.27 and 2.28 Skipped". 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-09-02. 

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