If small is beautiful, and less is more, maybe Google is onto something with the Chrome OS project.
Think Chromebook– a PC notebook with a browser as the operating system. Mac users can have a taste of that minimalist all-in-one concept with a super browser that hardly anyone knows about and even fewer actually use.
Wherefore Art Thou, SeaMonkey?
For whatever reasons, the folks running Mozilla, the home of the Firefox browser (and, soon, the Firefox OS, ala Google’s Chrome OS project) love two basic concepts in computing.
Free. And feature laden. Firefox is free and loaded with more features than Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer combined.
SeaMonkey’s claim to fame is that it’s free, based on Firefox, and loaded with even more functionality, but all crammed into a browser.
I know what you’re thinking. ‘Oh, great. Yet another browser to learn.’
Browsers are not exactly difficult to use, hence Google’s Chrome OS project. SeaMonkey has loads of features that make Safari pale in significance.
For example, not only is SeaMoneky a Firefox-like browser, it also has built-in IRC chat, an HTML editor, advanced, multi-account email app, and even a newsgroup client.
That’s an indication that SeaMonkey’s roots are in the last century. Who uses IRC, newsgroups, or edits HTML in a browser?
Nobody. At least, almost nobody. A brief check of the Mac360 server logs indicates that less than half a percent of all our visitors use the SeaMonkey browser to visit the site.
Still, SeaMonkey does what most browsers cannot, yet has plenty of Firefox-like bells and whistles, and it’s priced right, stable, secure, and it’s only missing a kitchen sink.