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SeaMonkey – a cute but strangely irrelevant all-in-one Internet suite from Mozilla


Back in the day web browsers were not content to stay simple but bloated into huge sprawling products called Internet Suites. Well hey ho, here we are a decade later and what do I spy – why the SeaMonkey Internet Application Suite. My how time flies…in a circle.

This suite of net tools contains a browser (based on Firefox ‘natch) an email client, HTML editor for creating web pages, IRC chat client and some web dev tools. It’s a lovely looking bit of software, very capable and full featured, but I can’t help wondering why it exists?


The add-ons are incompatible with Firefox and Thunderbird, and there’s surely not that much call for IRC and HTML tools in this day and age, so what exactly is the audience for this? Oh well, if you’re one of those who likes to plow their own furrow, this is clearly a piece of very fine software which you should look at immediately.

The rest of us herd followers will probably smile appreciatively and move on.

 The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one internet application suite. Such a software suite was previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla, and the SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates as well as new features and improvements to this concept. Containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools, SeaMonkey is sure to appeal to advanced users, web developers and corporate users.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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