Mozilla calls time on product suite


Mozilla calls time on product suite

Antony Savvas

The open source Mozilla Foundation is to axe its Mozilla suite of products and instead concentrate on standalone solutions.

The Mozilla suite currently consists of the Firefox browser, the Thunderbird e-mail client and an HTML editing tool.

The foundation has announced however, that the forthcoming Mozilla 1.7.6 suite will be the last in the series, and that the organisation will concentrate on individually developing Firefox and Thunderbird.

A group of open source developers, calling themselves "SeaMonkey", are planning to carry on developing the original Mozilla suite though, with the support of the Mozilla Foundation.

The Firefox browser has been downloaded 27 million times since its launch in the third quarter of 2004 and is a growing rival to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which currently has 90% of the browser market.

The number of Thunderbird downloads has not been disclosed by the Mozilla Foundation.

The Mozilla suite was originally based on technology spun off from Netscape more than two years ago.

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