February 14, 2011
SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta 2 Introduces New Features
SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta 2 is available for free download now in 15 languages and makes a huge list of new functionality available to a wider testing audience for the first time. Please note that this pre-release version is still intended for testers only and might still show some problems in everyday use. As always, we appreciate any feedback you may have and encourage users to help us by filing bugs.
In addition to the changes in the alpha releases, and our first beta release, this version features the following new improvements:
- The new Data Manager is opened instead of the previous separate management windows.
- Sync (f.k.a. Weave) is now included directly in SeaMonkey. Sync allows you to keep your browsing history, passwords, bookmarks, preferences and tabs in sync across different devices (computers) in a secure way.
- The new DoNotTrack HTTP header can be configured in Preferences, Privacy & Security
- Lightweight themes (Personas) support for the Address Book, Composer, and MailNews windows.
- Much improved startup speed.
- WebGL and D3D are now enabled where supported
SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta 2 is available for free download on the SeaMonkey website. Once you have downloaded and installed this release, we'd like to encourage you to get involved in discussing and reporting problems as well as further improving the product.
Thanks for testing and helping us to make SeaMonkey even better!
February 1, 2011
News From the SeaMonkey Council
It's been three years now since we announced any change in the lineup of the SeaMonkey Council, but in fact, we have done some of those in recent months, it just took us a while to get some good introductions written up as we've been more busy working on improving software than writing up statements - but now, we have completed some and can tell you about the changes at last.
While having some in-depth discussions on where SeaMonkey is going in the future, two of our long-time SeaMonkey Council members realized that involvement in leading this project has moved out of the center of their interests enough that they felt it would be better to leave this committee. While both Christian Biesinger (biesi) and Mark Banner (Standard8) note they still have a place in their hearts for SeaMonkey, they just don't have the time and energy to be involved in managing the project any further. Both of them have contributed a lot to this project and we want to thank them for being able to build great products on the shoulders on their work and hopes they'll help us where still possible even in the future.
As the team wanted to ensure we have a good group of dedicated people in this project management and steering committee, we decided on our developer meeting in Vienna to add two of our most active community members into the SeaMonkey Council: Philip Chee (Ratty), known from making a number of high-ranking Firefox add-ons available in SeaMonkey versions as well, and Justin Wood (Callek), who has been working hard recently on taking over a build and release engineer role for our project, will help manage this project from now on.
http://www.seamonkey-project.org/about#council now features introductions of all people in the new SeaMonkey Council, including Philip and Justin - and this new team is working together with the extended SeaMonkey community to make new and and better versions of the suite available in 2011 and beyond!