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From: Asa Dotzler

Newsgroups: netscape.public.mozilla.roadmap

Subject: Firefox No More

Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2005 01:23:45 -0800


Over the past year and a half, the project currently known as Firefox

has brought great joy to millions of Internet users around the world,

but in the Mozilla community, it's caused great strife. As a consequence

of this, there's been a split in the developer community, and it's

crippling development. As has been shown in the history of this

industry, you can't survive without developers, while users will use

almost anything.


So the decision has been made to end Firefox. The development towards

2.0 will end as of Friday this week, so that people currently working

on patches can finish that work. From now on, all work will concentrate

on Seamonkey. There will be no further work on Firefox, Thunderbird, or

any other project. We cannot afford to have a split community of

developers, so we must all rally behind Seamonkey. There will be no

tolerance of division within the ranks, and these rules will be strictly



All Firefox merchandise will be sold until the current stocks run out,

because we can't get our money back on it. Besides, the plush Firefoxes

are cute.


This decision was not made lightly, but has the full backing of myself,

Gervase Markham, Mitchell Baker, Blake Ross, Ben Goodger, Santa Claus,

and the curly haired guy who sits in the corner.


Thanks for your time.



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All kidding aside, isn't the opposite actually true?


From what I have seen on the MozillaZine forums. the Mozilla suite (Seamonkey) will be developed no further, with all efforts instead focused on Firefox and Thunderbird.

that is correct.


btw: i got fooled, too. :D

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