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SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2 released!

The second alpha release for the upcoming SeaMonkey 2 just hit the virtual shelves!

SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2 is our first release shipping an RSS/Atom feed reader as well as feed detection in the browser (welcome to the 21st century!) as well as the new per-toolbar icon/text mode controls, TraceMonkey turned on by default, the reworked FAYT, the geolocation notification bar (no geolocation provider though), lots of other smaller fixes, and of course, everything that's new in the backend we share with Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 and Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 1.

With a small echo effect to the post about the latter by fellow project manager David Ascher, I'm inclined to say that in some ways, this is a typical alpha: There's a ton of new patches in this release, large code and functionality changes, and surely a handful of rough edges that need some ironing out until we arrive at beta or even final phases of this release cycle.

Continuing that slight echo, however, in some other ways, it's far from a typical alpha: We have lots of reports from people who consider our current alpha builds more stable and usable than the stable SeaMonkey 1.1 series, esp. on Windows Vista, where the current 1.9.1-based code understands much better how to talk to the OS. The core is stable enough that the Firefox team released their second beta based on almost the same Mozilla platform code, and Thunderbird released a lot of the code we share in their first beta. We're a bit more conservative in naming, as we still have a significant list of larger changes we want to get into SeaMonkey 2, including places-based history, really customizable toolbars, session restore, new download and password manager implementations based on the new Mozilla platform toolkit instead of the old Mozilla suite implementations, just to name the major ones. Due to this list, the next release will be another alpha, but we might only do a single beta after that one, before finalizing SeaMonkey 2.

This is an untypical alpha for other reasons as well: Contrary to what other Mozilla projects usually do, we're shipping automated updates to users of Alpha 1, if only complete updates, as this is the first time we can test that mechanism in SeaMonkey at all. Additionally, we're releasing "experimental" language packs in 11 languages to get wider-spread testing of the localizations provided by our contributors before we will be able to ship localized binary builds as well in the future.

Even though this is a mere testing preview of what's to come, SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2 is surely worth a try and a strong signal of how much alive the SeaMonkey project is!

Entry written by KaiRo and posted on December 11th, 2008 00:07 | Tags: Mozilla, release, SeaMonkey, SeaMonkey 2 | 5 comments

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    Bielawski

    from Mississauga

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    Typo
    Te*x*t modes, you mean?
    2008-12-11 00:29

    KaiRo

    Webmaster

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    Oops, right, I made the same typo here that I had in the first draft of the official announcement ;-)
    Fixed now.
    2008-12-12 16:34

    Keith

    from The United States

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    "feed detection in the browser (welcome to the 21st century!)"
    Why? Because people are too lazy to copy and paste the link on those XML icons into their favorite feed reader? I can understand this in SeaMonkey, but Firefox's hypocrisy is just insufferable in regard to this.

    "TraceMonkey turned on by default"
    Cool. Web sites use way too much JavaScript and I get too many dialogs about scripts running to slowly.

    "session restore"
    That would be nice, though at the moment I'm using an extension that's working well.

    "we're releasing "experimental" language packs"
    Speaking of which, I don't see any documentation about converting 1.1 language packs into those that 2.0 can understand (neither the 1.1 language packs nor the Firefox language packs will install).

    "SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2 is surely worth a try"
    I think I'll try it and see if it still has that frames bug that the CR had.
    2008-12-12 16:43

    KaiRo

    Webmaster

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    Sorry, there's no possibility to convert any language packs, there's too much difference in them. Localizers should follow the source-based process to get langpacks compatible with 2.0 builds.
    2008-12-16 18:56

    MES

    from Germany

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    good work
    A good feature that was missing for a while.
    I'm still testing it in my Windows 7 VirtualBox but as soon as there is a stable Realease I will use it on my main System ;o)

    @Keith
    If cause you can use a Plugin as well.
    But you could also use an external application that is even better.

    To me the main power of SeaMonkey is that you get a complete package.
    And that means you can install it, and it just runs.
    My Profile is almost based on the one I set up with Netscape 6/7.
    I don't like to spend the time to work me through settings and menus of multiple plugins.

    Well, I don't know if that is what the developers intend to have their product...
    2009-03-31 17:31

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