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Mozilla SeaMonkey vs Mozilla Firebird™

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For you Gecko fans out there, the Mozilla Foundation has released Mozilla 1.5a still based on SeaMonkey code. Now, I was under the impression that when they said “Firebird will replace SeaMonkey” that they were talking about codebases, not products. I had thought that Mozilla 1.6 or 1.7 would switch from the SeaMonkey codebase to the Firebird codebase, but according to the Mozilla Firebird™ Roadmap, it looks as though the Mozilla Application Suite product will come to an end, and the Mozilla Firebird™ browser will be the currently supported product.

On the other hand, I downloaded Mozilla Firebird™ 0.6 yesterday, and I must say that I wasn’t all that impressed. Sure it’s quick and all, but it’s not nearly as fully-featured as SeaMonkey. Now, I know that Firebird™ is intended to be a standalone browser, but it’s not even fully-featured enough for that. There is still a lot of work to do before I’m willing to give up the features of SeaMonkey for Firebird™. Of course, if what I’ve come to believe from the roadmap is correct, then I’ll probably be ready to switch by Firebird™ 0.8 or 0.9… somewhere in there.

Ryan Parman

is an engineering manager with over 20 years of experience across software development, site reliability engineering, and security. He is the creator of SimplePie and AWS SDK for PHP, patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at WePay, defined much of the CI/CD and SRE disciplines at McGraw-Hill Education, and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at Amazon Web Services in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.