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08 July 2011, 11:33

Mozilla releases SeaMonkey 2.2 based on Firefox 5

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SeaMonkey Logo The SeaMonkey Project developers have made version 2.2 of their "all-in-one internet application suite" available to download. SeaMonkey 2.2 is a major update that is based on the same Gecko layout engine as the recent Firefox 5.0 release.

Like Firefox, it offers improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance, and introduces support for CSS animation. Users can now change archive options via the Copies & Folders Account Settings pane. Other changes include updated standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL and canvas, and improved spell checking for some locales.

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The developers note that WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures and, on Windows, "bundled extensions/add-ons are no longer optional in SeaMonkey's installer". The latest stable version of SeaMonkey also addresses a number of previously reported security vulnerabilities that had already been fixed in Firefox 5.

More details about the new version, including a list of known issues, can be found in the official release announcement, in the release notes and in the change log. SeaMonkey 2.2 is available in 21 different languages and can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the project's site.

SeaMonkey is the successor to the old Netscape Communicator and Mozilla Application suites, and includes a web browser with advanced email and newsgroup support, an IRC chat client, and HTML editing support. 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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