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December 19, 2005

SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta Released

After much delay, we've released SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta, based on Gecko 1.8 (which also powers Firefox 1.5). Some interesting changes since 1.0 Alpha: our new logo, tab drag-drop reodering, autoscroll, the ability to return to a tab's "parent" when it is closed, and numerous bugfixes.

We're planning to ship SeaMonkey 1.0 in January.

SeaMonkey consists of a state-of-the-art web browser, a powerful mail and news client, a WYSIWYG HTML editor, and an IRC chat application. It also includes tools for web developers, such as the DOM Inspector and the JavaScript Debugger.

Posted by CTho at 6:00 PM | Comments (9)

December 13, 2005

Beta freeze December 14th 11:59pm PST

We'll be freezing for 1.0 beta at 11:59pm tomorrow, Wednesday December 15th. Beta will be feature complete and L10n-frozen, so between beta and final we'll only be accepting stability/security/regression fixes (plus minor polish chages). We'll need heavy testing of the branch nightlies from then on so we can ship SeaMonkey 1.0 beta in the next few days - report any bugs you find and set the "blocking-seamonkey1.0b?" flag.

For more information, see Robert Kaiser's post on netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey.

Posted by CTho at 12:47 PM

December 3, 2005

New SeaMonkey Logo Announced

After months of submissions and selection processes, we've announced a new logo for the project and our application. Our initial call for logo submissions was answered with no fewer than 197 different proposals submitted by Mozilla and SeaMonkey community members. From those 197 logos, among many good options, we selected the new logo after many discussions and a long decision process.

Over many meetings and email discussions, we pared down the submissions to an initial group of just over 20 logos based on initial votes. At that point, each of us presented arguments in favor of submissions we liked and against those we didn't, and ranked the top few logos in our order of preference. Unfortunately, all 5 council members had different favorites, so it took a lot of discussion after that point to pick a final logo. We narrowed it down to the top 2 choices - 76 and 137, and after yet more debates, settled on a variant of 76:

The new artwork focuses on an abstract figure resembling a "Sea Monkey", colored in a light, cyan/blue color, standing out from a dark blue circle with a wave pattern in the middle. This design, created by Alex Butin, looks professional and polished, and fits perfectly as an icon on a modern computer desktop; it is easily recognizable even in small sizes. Additionally, the look fits well with the rest of the mozilla.org product family (Firefox, Thunderbird, Camino, Sunbird).

SeaMonkey 1.0 beta will include the new logo, and will be available in the next few weeks. "Nightly" branch builds will have the artwork within the next few days, and trunk builds already include it.

Posted by CTho at 7:50 AM | Comments (17)