Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The SeaMonkey Project goes GOLD

SeaMonkey 1.0 has been released. For those of you who don't know what SeaMonkey is, it's the continuing project of the Mozilla Suite.

A (hopefully) quick history lesson. Several years back, in the early days of the Internet, a browser was produced called Netscape. Netscape was a great browser, far better than Internet Explorer. Netscape came as a suite, which included software to edit HTML (web pages), send and receive email, and even chat. And for a while, it was good.

Then AOL bought Netscape, and basically tried to kill it. They bundled every piece of AOL junkware they could with it. AIM, AOL Games, Try AOL Free for 45 days links, etc..

Some of the orginial developers of Netscape broke off from AOL, and produced an open source project that came to be known as Mozilla. Mozilla was basically the same as the old Netscape, just no AOL junkware, and more up-to-date advancements. And for a while, it was good.

But Mozilla got a little too big for some people, and it wasn't succeeding as well as they'd like, so they started over. They created the Phoenix, which became Firebird, which became Firefox. And they made Thunderbird, the email client. And someone else made Nvu, the HTML editor. And they still had the Mozilla Suite. And for a while.... you know...

Then Mozilla decided it was too much work to maintain the individual apps, (Firefox, Thunderbird, and Sunbird), and the Mozilla Suite. So they stopped developing it, and a new startup was born - SeaMonkey. Since Mozilla was open source, there was nothing stopping the community from taking the project over, and they did. Mozilla.org even hosts it for them.

And so that brings us to today, actually yesterday, January 30, 2006, when SeaMonkey 1.0 was released as an end-user gold-standard release. This project, whose core code is as old as the Net, is just making it to 1.0 status.

Now to simplify....

Netscape became Mozilla became SeaMonkey.

Get it. It rocks. It has everything...

Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.

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