The SeaMonkey Association - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What's the purpose of this association?
A: The Association's purpose is the promotion of science and research, as well as the education of people, by promoting openness, innovation, choice and participation on the Internet. For this purpose, it supports the creation and distribution of free software such as the "SeaMonkey Suite", which aids people in education, research and everyday life alike. In other words, the SeaMonkey Association supports the SeaMonkey Project financially and in other possible ways that helps the project. If deemed useful and it is within its statutes, it may also support other projects or people.

Q: What other ways does the Association help with the project?
A: The Association may deal with the SeaMonkey Project's finances as far as authorised by the SeaMonkey Council, e.g. collecting donations or conducting search engine deals, etc.

Q: So the Association will be leading the Project?
A: No. The SeaMonkey Project will stay the bunch of volunteers it always was, directed by the SeaMonkey Council. The Association, as such, does not have any say about the Project's processes and goals. Association members will still be able to act as individuals though.

Q: But the Council will surely have power over the Association?
A: No, not as such. Technically, SeaMonkey Project and Council are totally independent from the Association, and vice versa. Of course, there will always be a certain overlap among these three groups, but that's not a necessity. If the Council delegates stuff to the Association, the Council will make sure there's no conflict of interest.

Q: And why is the Association located in Germany?
A: Several members live there, which makes handling the day-to-day tasks easier. Furthermore, the Association is an "eingetragener Verein (e.V.)", which restricts liability a bit.

How will these changes affect how the SeaMonkey Project operates

Q: Where will the source code for the SeaMonkey project live? Will it stay in Mozilla managed repositories?
A: Yes, our code will stay part of the comm-central repository.

Q: What bug-tracker will be used?
A: All Suite bugs and wishes are tracked in bugzilla.mozilla.org since 1998 and will continue to do so.