For those of you who like being on the "bleeding edge" of technology, or at least of Internet browser software, the beta of SeaMonkey 1.0 was released last month. This is the successor to the famous Mozilla line that is apparently going to end with ver. 1.7.12.
The focus of the Mozilla group over the past couple of years has been to get the FireFox browser and Thunderbird email client up onto solid footing, which they have with version 1.5. As many of you know, these are stand-alone applications that are designed to work well together much as IE and Outlook. At one time, it was thought that the Mozilla "suite" that includes browser, email, chat, address book and composer (a simple web page designer) was going to be abandoned with the establishment of a robust FireFox/Thunderbird combination. Apparently there is a demand for a "swiss-army knife", well integrated suite, and the Mozilla Foundation has responded.
Why the Mozilla Foundation chose to name such a fine product after a brine shrimp
, has not been made public. The unfortunate name and logo notwithstanding, this is an nice improvement to Mozilla 1.7.12 with many small enhancements present in the beta and with, presumably, more to come.
The beta seems very stable and I've adopted it as my primary browser. If you've been using Mozilla up to now, installation is a snap as SeaMonkey adopts all the mail, history, address book, etc. from Mozilla. In fact, until you start noticing the small niceties, the change is nearly invisible save the top window bar.
If you're curious, here's the place: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/