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Seamonkey vs. Firefox - any takers?

Rexdude (747457) writes | about 2 years ago

Firefox 4

Rexdude (747457) writes "Firefox continues to be criticized for their new versioning system and being a memory hog. People talk about Chrome, IE9, Opera as alternatives — but do Slashdotters ever use Seamonkey? I've never seen anyone mention it in any discussion on browsers.
The successor to the original Mozilla Suite, it has a fullblown email/news/RSS client, Chatzilla, and an HTML editor. Also several other default features that would require separate extensions for Firefox. And they don't update their versions like crazy either, the current version is 2.13.1. I've been quite happy with it so far, it's snappier to use than Firefox. How many people on Slashdot use Seamonkey, and what has been your experience? (Note — I'm not affiliated with the project)"

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Not bad... (1)

silverskull (2548370) | about 2 years ago | (#41716699)

I just installed it, it does seem a bit faster than Firefox. I was surprised to find that it's just as up-to-date as well. HTML5 video (with WebM), Firefox Sync, SPDY, Opus... I half expected it to be horribly outdated, but it's a perfectly usable modern browser. I think I'll be keeping it around.

Seamonkey (3, Interesting)

JohnVanVliet (945577) | about 2 years ago | (#41716979)

seeing as i was using it way back before it was called "seamonkey"

back then it was the nightly build of the PRE 1.0 Mozilla
then the nightly testing build of 1.0 and so on

then FF came out and Mozilla died and got relaunched as Seamonkey ( short version of story )

now if one , nowadays, WANTS a "all in one "
web browser and mail client and newsreader
it is a good choice

almost ALL linux distros use an individual program for all of these

so it comes down to

Never Tried It Because... (1)

deeqkah (2755701) | about 2 years ago | (#41717489)

I've never tried SeaMonkey because i don't want an email client, a newsreader client, an rss reader, an irc client, and an html editor bundled with my browser. I already have some great solutions for those applications.

SeaMonkey and Firefox Have the Same "Guts" (1)

DERoss (1919496) | about 2 years ago | (#41718693)

SeaMonkey and Firefox share the same internal components. Thus, SeaMonkey has the same HTML rendering, the same interface with the Internet, and the same security capabilities as Firefox. Where they differ is in the user interface (UI). I much prefer the SeaMonkey UI, which is why I use it and not Firefox.

However, SeaMonkey follows the same update schedule as Firefox, with a new release every 6 weeks. This schedule is dictated by the Mozilla organization, which owns Firefox and allows SeaMonkey to use Firefox's core components. Mozilla chose this schedule in an attempt to mimic Google's Chrome. Other aspects of Firefox -- including its UI and capabilities -- also attempt to mimic Chrome. What they do not recognize is that users would rather choose to install Chrome instead of a mimic. Mozilla would be better served if they tried to make Firefox distinct from Chrome instead of copying it.

The 6-week interval between updates has especially upset organizational users, many of which must independently test new software before deploying it within their organizations. In response, Mozilla now has an "enterprise" version of Firefox that gets updated only once or twice a year (except for emergency repairs of security vulnerabilities). This "enterprise" version is intended only for organizations and not for individuals; but, since it's freeware without any registration required, Mozilla cannot stop individuals from installing it.

Long live SeaMonkey!!

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