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03 September 2010, 11:42

Mozilla's Bespin becomes Skywriter

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As a version 1.0 release steadily approaches, Mozilla Labs have decided to rename the Bespin cloud-based development environment to "Skywriter" as it's "real, lasting project name". According to Mozilla, developments with Skywriter mean it's in the process of becoming an all JavaScript based system, with components of the system now running on node.js and work taking place to migrate the server to the same platform.

The project is now to be officially hosted on GitHub to allow developers to fork the project more easily. Previously, Skywriter was officially hosted using Mercurial which led to developers only installing Mercurial for access to Bespin and the creation of unofficial mirrors. The new GitHub repository is a work in progress though as it will only contain an "all JavaScript" version of the Skywriter system, and that is currently incomplete. The older bespinclient Mercurial repository is being kept open for now to give developers access to "something that works today". The project also has a new home page on Mozilla Labs reflecting the name change.


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