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-=== What is the current status of the Mozilla Suite? ===+== Development status of the Mozilla Suite ==
-The 1.7 release of the Mozilla suite is the last major release to be an official mozilla.org product. This release will be maintained with 1.7.x releases to fix known security problems or other critical issues but there will be no official Mozilla Application Suite 1.8 release. This will enable the foundation to ensure that the quality of the standalone applications continues to be high, even with the modest resources avaliable.+The 1.7 release of the Mozilla Suite is the last major release to be an official mozilla.org product. This release will be maintained with 1.7.x releases to fix known security problems or other critical issues but there will be no official Mozilla Suite 1.8 release. This will enable the foundation to devote its resources to the standalone applications Firefox and Thunderbird.
-Although the Suite is no longer an official product, it will continue to be a community led ''project'', and will recieve substantial support from the foundation and, in particular, the development community will still use mozilla.org's webtools such as CVS, LXR and bugzilla. The project will be "driven" by members of the community who will be responsible for maintaining code, dictating the release schedule and performing QA on the final releases. More information on the organisational structure that has developed to maintain the suite and manage future releases is on the [http://wiki.mozilla.org/SeaMonkey:Home_Page SeaMonkey Homepage] of the [http://wiki.mozilla.org/ mozilla.org wiki]. +Although the Suite is no being developed by Mozilla as an official product, it will continue to evolve as a community-led ''project'' and will recieve substantial support from the foundation. In particular, the development community will still use mozilla.org's webtools such as CVS, LXR and [[Bugzilla]], and foundation members have provided significant advice to the community on how to organise successful future releases of a Gecko-based application suite. The project will be "driven" by members of the community who will be responsible for maintaining code, dictating the release schedule and performing QA on the final releases. More information on the organisational structure that has developed to maintain the suite and manage future releases is on the [http://wiki.mozilla.org/SeaMonkey:Home_Page SeaMonkey homepage] of the [http://wiki.mozilla.org/ mozilla.org wiki].
-Since the suite is no longer a Mozilla Foundation product, it has been agreed that the name and version number of the next release must change. In particular it is not possible to use the "Mozilla" trademark on an unofficial product. The name of the next release will be "SeaMonkey 1.0" (Seamonkey is the longtime codename of the Suite project).+Since this community-led project will not result in an official Mozilla Foundation product, it has been agreed that the name and version number of the next release must change. In particular it is not possible to use the "Mozilla" trademark on an unofficial product. The name of the next release will be "SeaMonkey 1.0" (Seamonkey is the longtime codename of the Mozilla Suite).
-Despite the fact that the foundation are no longer making new suite releases, foundation members have provided significant advice to the community on how to organise successful future releases of a Gecko-based suite.+== Differences between the Mozilla Suite and SeaMonkey ==
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 +Despite the name change, SeaMonkey 1.0 will feel very familiar to Mozilla Suite users, but it will incorporate numerous new features, UI improvements, and bugfixes. Some of these will be listed in the release notes, available through the [http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/ SeaMonkey project page].
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 +''This section is a [[stub articles|stub]]. You can help MozillaZine Knowledge Base by expanding it.''
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 +=="Mozilla Suite" vs. "SeaMonkey" in Knowledge Base articles==
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 +Contributors to this Knowledge Base are in the process of [[Knowledge Base changes|trying to formulate a scheme]] for how best to refer to the Mozilla Suite and SeaMonkey in Knowledge Base articles and categorize the articles related to each. Until that scheme is worked out and eventually implemented, you may find one or both names used in different articles. For the time being, it is generally safe to assume that all references to "Mozilla Suite" also apply to "SeaMonkey".
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 +In some articles, especially those written for Thunderbird, there may be a note stating that the article "also applies to Mozilla Suite / SeaMonkey". This could mean that the article applies to both products (most likely) or perhaps only to SeaMonkey (e.g., due to new features in SeaMonkey that are lacking in the Mozilla Suite). Article writers often don't know the specific differences between Mozilla Suite and SeaMonkey and thus use the shorthand "Mozilla Suite / SeaMonkey" note to flag articles that might be of interest to Mozilla Suite and/or SeaMonkey users.
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 +==See also==
 +* [[Summary of Mozilla products]]
 +* [[Mozilla Suite]] articles in this Knowledge Base.
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 +==External links==
 +* [http://www.mozilla.org/seamonkey-transition.html Transition plan] on the decision to not release a version 1.8 of the Mozilla Suite
 +* [http://wiki.mozilla.org/SeaMonkey:Home_Page SeaMonkey homepage] in the mozilla.org wiki
 +* [http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/seamonkey/ SeaMonkey weblog] with updates on development progress
 +* [http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/ SeaMonkey product page] where you can download SeaMonkey and access the release notes
 +* [http://www.mozilla.org/products/mozilla1.x/ Mozilla Suite product page] where you can download the latest 1.7.x version of Mozilla Suite
[[Category:Mozilla Suite]] [[Category:Mozilla Suite]]

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Development status of the Mozilla Suite

The 1.7 release of the Mozilla Suite is the last major release to be an official mozilla.org product. This release will be maintained with 1.7.x releases to fix known security problems or other critical issues but there will be no official Mozilla Suite 1.8 release. This will enable the foundation to devote its resources to the standalone applications Firefox and Thunderbird.

Although the Suite is no being developed by Mozilla as an official product, it will continue to evolve as a community-led project and will recieve substantial support from the foundation. In particular, the development community will still use mozilla.org's webtools such as CVS, LXR and Bugzilla, and foundation members have provided significant advice to the community on how to organise successful future releases of a Gecko-based application suite. The project will be "driven" by members of the community who will be responsible for maintaining code, dictating the release schedule and performing QA on the final releases. More information on the organisational structure that has developed to maintain the suite and manage future releases is on the SeaMonkey homepage of the mozilla.org wiki.

Since this community-led project will not result in an official Mozilla Foundation product, it has been agreed that the name and version number of the next release must change. In particular it is not possible to use the "Mozilla" trademark on an unofficial product. The name of the next release will be "SeaMonkey 1.0" (Seamonkey is the longtime codename of the Mozilla Suite).

Differences between the Mozilla Suite and SeaMonkey

Despite the name change, SeaMonkey 1.0 will feel very familiar to Mozilla Suite users, but it will incorporate numerous new features, UI improvements, and bugfixes. Some of these will be listed in the release notes, available through the SeaMonkey project page.


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"Mozilla Suite" vs. "SeaMonkey" in Knowledge Base articles

Contributors to this Knowledge Base are in the process of trying to formulate a scheme for how best to refer to the Mozilla Suite and SeaMonkey in Knowledge Base articles and categorize the articles related to each. Until that scheme is worked out and eventually implemented, you may find one or both names used in different articles. For the time being, it is generally safe to assume that all references to "Mozilla Suite" also apply to "SeaMonkey".

In some articles, especially those written for Thunderbird, there may be a note stating that the article "also applies to Mozilla Suite / SeaMonkey". This could mean that the article applies to both products (most likely) or perhaps only to SeaMonkey (e.g., due to new features in SeaMonkey that are lacking in the Mozilla Suite). Article writers often don't know the specific differences between Mozilla Suite and SeaMonkey and thus use the shorthand "Mozilla Suite / SeaMonkey" note to flag articles that might be of interest to Mozilla Suite and/or SeaMonkey users.

See also

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