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22 November 2011, 15:40

SeaMonkey 2.5 improves add-on control

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SeaMonkey logo The SeaMonkey Project has announced the release of version 2.5 of its "all-in-one internet application suite". Based on the same Mozilla Gecko platform as Firefox 8, the update includes several under-the-hood performance and stability improvements, while also improving on the way in which add-ons are controlled.

Zoom Users upgrading from a previous release will be asked to confirm third-party add-ons
Like Firefox, when SeaMonkey 2.5 launches and detects that a new third-party add-on has been installed, the add-on will be disabled by default until approved by the user; existing users that upgrade to the new version will be presented with a one-time dialog for approving previously installed add-ons. Support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) for WebGL texture, and additional HTML5 technologies like crossorigin attribute and insertAdjacentHTML has been added.

Other changes include updates to correct usability issues found in the previous release, improvements to HTML5 media elements and updates to WebSockets, as well as various bug fixes. The developers also note that version 2.5 addresses "several security issues"; however, at the time of writing, the Security Advisories for SeaMonkey web page has yet to be updated with details of the fixes.

Further information about the update, including a full list of changes, can be found in the release notes. SeaMonkey 2.5 is available to download in 24 languages for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the project's site. SeaMonkey binaries are released under the Mozilla SeaMonkey End-User Software License Agreement and the source code is released under disjunctive tri-licensing that includes the Mozilla Public Licence, GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1.

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