SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2
These release notes describe system requirements, installation instructions, and known issues for SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2. These notes are updated when we receive feedback, so please check back for new information.
- What's New in SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2
- System Requirements, Installation and Uninstallation
- Extensions and Themes
- Known Issues
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Other Resources and Links
What's New in SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2
SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2 contains the following major changes relative to SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 1:
- The first step towards customizable toolbars has been made: The icon size and whether to display icons and/or text can be chosen spearately for every major toolbar in in both the browser and MailNews components via their context menu.
- The MailNews component now includes support for reading RSS and Atom feeds, And the browser detects feeds offered by web pages. Since the support for previewing feeds in the browser has not yet been included, the feed icon at the right end of the URL bar currently is directly invoking subscription to the feed in the MailNews component, if an account for feeds has already been created there.
- The Find As You Type functionality has been internally reworked to use the same code behind the scenes as the Firefox find bar, but keeping the function as presented to users unchanged from SeaMonkey 1.1.
See the SeaMonkey
Trunk Tracker blog for more details about the changes between those
The changes page lists an overview of new features and fixes relative to our last stable release, SeaMonkey 1.1.13.
System Requirements, Installation and Uninstallation
Extensions and Themes
- Get All New Messages is not working correctly (fails for POP3 accounts, Bug 259212)
- MailNews account password prompts are no longer serial at startup (Bug 338549)
- Bookmark groups are not appearing in the Bookmarks menu (Bug 461167))
- IMAP accounts with over 1000 folders get error popups with message synchronisation switched on (Bug 462539))
- Profile Roaming is not working any more (Bug 378647)
- Download Manager doesn't support localization and has other slight issues - will be fixed by switching it to the Toolkit backend (Bug 381157)
- Password Manager doesn't support localization - will be fixed by switching it to the Toolkit backend (Bug 390025)
Poorly designed or incompatible extensions can cause problems with
SeaMonkey, including make it crash, slow down page display, etc.
If you encounter strange problems relating to parts of SeaMonkey no longer
working, the browser not starting, windows with strange or distorted
appearance, degraded performance, etc, you may be suffering from Extension
or Theme trouble.
Restart SeaMonkey in Safe Mode. On Windows, start using the "Safe Mode"
shortcut created in your Start menu or by running
seamonkey.exe -safe-mode. On Linux, start with
./seamonkey -safe-modeand on Mac OS X, run:
When started in Safe Mode all extensions are disabled and the Default theme is used. Disable the Extension/Theme that is causing trouble and then start normally.
- If you uninstall an extension that is installed with your user profile (i.e. you installed it from a Web page) and then wish to install it for all user profiles using the -install-global-extension command line flag, you must restart SeaMonkey once to cleanse the profile extensions datasource of traces of that extension before installing with the switch. If you do not do this you may end up with a jammed entry in the Extensions list and will be unable to install the extension globally.
- If you encounter strange problems relating to bookmarks, downloads, window placement, toolbars, history, or other settings, it is recommended that you try creating a new profile and attempting to reproduce the problem before filing bugs. Create a new profile by running SeaMonkey with the -P command line argument, choose the "Manage Profiles" button and then choose "Create Profile...". Migrate your settings files (Bookmarks, Saved Passwords, etc) over one by one, checking each time to see if the problems resurface. If you do find a particular profile data file is causing a problem, file a bug and attach the file.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I do to help?
- We need help from developers and the testing community to provide as much feedback as possible to make SeaMonkey even better. Please read these notes and the bug filing instructions before reporting any bugs to Bugzilla. You can also give us your feedback through this feedback form.
- Why haven't you responded to the mail I sent you?
- Use the newsgroup. The SeaMonkey team reads it regularly, and your email may have gotten lost.
- Where can I get extensions and themes (add-ons)?
- Extensions and Themes can be downloaded from SeaMonkey Add-ons.
- Who makes SeaMonkey?
- Lots of people. See Help->About SeaMonkey, contributors for a list of some of the people who have contributed to Mozilla and SeaMonkey.
- Where's the SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2 source code?
- A tarball of the SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 2 source code is available at the download page. The latest development code can be obtained from the source repository. SeaMonkey-specific source is in the "suite" directory. Please follow the build instructions.