SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 3
These release notes describe system requirements, installation instructions, and known issues for SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 3. These notes are updated when we receive feedback, so please check back for new information.
For daily use, we strongly advise you to download the current stable release instead.
- What's New in SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 3
- System Requirements, Installation and Uninstallation
- Extensions and Themes
- Known Issues
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Other Resources and Links
What's New in SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 3
SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 3 contains the following major changes relative to SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 2:
- The browser can now be themed with Personas (lightweight themes).
- The bookmarks system has been reworked to use the Places framework shared with Firefox.
- SeaMonkey now defaults to tabbed browsing instead of opening new windows.
- More compatibility with Firefox' tabbrowser API.
- The tab bar received a visual refresh.
- Address book toolbars can now be customized.
- Find in Page now works with a toolbar instead of a modal window.
- Gopher support has been removed.
- Web developers can animate content using CSS Transitions.
- XPCOM registration has been changed.
- The W3C Indexed Database API is now available to websites.
The changes page lists an overview of new features and fixes relative to our last stable release, SeaMonkey 2.0.6.
System Requirements, Installation and Uninstallation
Extensions and Themes
- This version may not run on PPC Mac computers. (Bug 564737)
It's currently unclear if 2.1 will be able to support PPC or not.
- Messages composed in HTML mode add an extra space in the beginning when
sent in plain text. (Bug 564737)
Workaround: Compose plain-text messages in plain-text mode.
- Some anti-virus software keeps detecting our installers as containing a "Trojan" or "Downloader". This is a false positive and is some wrong detection mechanism in the anti-virus software. The code in question is actually from 7-Zip and decompresses the installer so that its contents can run and install SeaMonkey. That technology is widely used and probably can be used to compress bad as well as good software, but the 7-Zip code itself is perfectly safe. Mozilla scans all our files routinely when putting them on the FTP server and we assure you that our installers are as clean as the official Firefox downloads that are scanned by the same mechanisms.
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 2.1 Alpha 3 source code?
- A tarball of the SeaMonkey 2.1 Alpha 3 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.