Friday, March 18, 2005

Seamonkey lives!

The Mozilla Foundation may have officially abandoned (apart from the 1.7 branch) the Mozilla Suite (codename Seamonkey), but the browser that started it all off still lives, thanks to a community effort, including some fairly big names in the Mozilla hacking community, led by the new Seamonkey Drivers, and with an impresive list of names on the supports page. Key backend hacker bz (is it worrying when you start recognising people by their Bugzilla logins?) isn't on that page, but given that he drafted the open letter to the Mozilla Foundation regarding Seamonkey, I think that he remains committed to some degree.

Now that I've got that off my chest, why do I feel the need to put fingers to keyboard? Mainly because I don't like Firefox, and I do like the classic Mozilla suite, so I'm glad that it's going to continue to be actively developed. Don't get me wrong, if it's choice between Firefox and IE, it's not really a choice (hmm, a layout engine that hasn't been updated significantly in three or more years, or a modern standards-compliant engine that almost fully implements the CSS2 spec), but in terms of Gecko-based browsers, Seamonkey wins every time. I can't pin my dislike of Firefox down to any one thing, but a combination of factors adds up, with my preference for the Seamonkey UI outweighing the FF one, and a greater number of prefs available without having to resort to about:config being the most important two.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Io fora

I should have posted this a few days ago, but better late than never. is proud to sponsor the iO web fora.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Terrorism laws

Is it just me who finds it ironic that it's the unelected chamber that's sticking up for the civil and human rights of the people of the country, whilst the elected chamber just meekly allows bad legislation through Parliament? It's always fun when the Lords blocks government bills, and the constitutional function of the second chamber has never seemed more important to me than now, when the government is trying to push through bad law, and is using its majority to railroad it through the Commons. I seriously dislike the new legislation and any safeguards that the Lords can add will be welcome, although the Register debunked the "concession" that Charles Clarke made when the bill was going through the Commons (and what a debacle that was!), and others would argue that it doesn't matter who's giving the order; house arrest is house arrest. I've got a great deal of sympathy for this point of view, but I, grudgingly, accept that some concessions may have to be made to protect the secret services under some circumstances, but those should be much more restricted than this bill allows for, and such evidence should be brought into the courts as much as possible.

On an entirely different note, I'm not entirely sure if I believe this story, but if it's true, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Oh, and it was all going so well not too bad, and the IRA goes and says something incredibly silly.

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