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Announcing the Retired XUL Platform!

Binary Outcast has taken the next step in XUL development with an innovative new twist: DIY Releases! Seriously though, I have adapted the Unified XUL Platform to support the now retired BinOC XUL Apps in a way that should minimize any collisions with their development and the applications them selves while allowing a simple monorepo.

Borealis Navigator should be 100% operational (compared to its last active state, it is still unfinished though) on Windows and Linux as should Interlink on Windows. Linux may need some additional adjustment. The repository is on the BinOC/Code Github org.. uhhh here! All the details are on the top level readme file!

-Mattcast_Webmstr Matt A. Tobin

Concerning Interlink Mail & News...

I have decided not to continue or reboot Interlink in any form. There are many reasons for this, one being: There really isn't anything I can offer at this point to enhance the traditional e-mail client experience anymore than I have as well as the challenges of running an isolated project with diminishing capabilities due to outside factors. The second major one is that the e-mail client was built and designed, albeit with my vision but tailored for, Pale Moon users and consumers of the Unified XUL Platform. The biggest deficiency in the design and administration of the Meta-project is that if you are outside the "unity" it feels much more like being downstream from Mozilla in 2016 in all the worst ways and yes that can be mostly traced back to me. Mostly. Those users are or could be served by another project firmly aligned to what they are after, within the unity.

Does that mean the code is dead? Nah, it is only mostly dead. I do intend, when I have time I will fix up the comm-uxp code for others to continue in part or in full. Borealis included.

For those who were Interlink users regardless of the complimentary aspects of unified project goals with Pale Moon or other UXP projects I know this is a disappointment and it feels like I strung you guys along and unintentionally, yeah I kinda did and I am sorry for that. If you want my recommendations on a replacement client they are: Thunderbird, Betterbird, and Athenian200's Epyrus client. For Thunderbird and Betterbird Profile Migration, follow the ESR releases one after another. That has had reports of success. Epyrus should be as simple as clearing any incompatible add-ons and copying the profile over. Remembering to verify in Account Settings the absolute path for each has been updated.

You may now be asking, well what ARE you gonna be doing aside from having more than one website with or without content? GOOD QUESTION! Well, I have been immersing my self into the Linux. To the point of experimenting with Redhat technology in the form of anaconda kickstarts and on the flip side I have successfully completed, once, the Linux from Scratch book with a successful first boot. Making operating systems.. That's a step up.. HOWEVER, I am still stuck with the same problems I had in 2014, or rather the conclusion. Chrome won. Or did it? I am not convinced despite appearances otherwise. Now where can someone like my self with my experience have the technology to support taking a looksee if Chrome actually won the browser war? The Mozillasphere.

Mozilla? Yes Mozilla. This is after all their fault. If you ignore, Google, Microsoft, Adobe, W3C, Brave, Opera, your friend from 3rd grade (maybe). The point is, I have done a few months of research and study into Modern Mozilla. And there is potential there. The problem is, with work one can recapture the kinds of capabilites and features of a Mozilla platform with Mozilla as a Platform codebase BUT it won't be identical and may be conceptually tweaked for modern concerns. Creating challenges in traditional workflows and applications. But doesn't that just sound like fun to explore and even making some "impossible" accomplishments with? So that is what I am gonna do. How? More on that as I .. come up with it and makes sure it mostly works first. BTW, no I am not doing a Firefox fork.

So that is what BinOC is gonna be doing. Linux, Mozilla, and Web. It is gonna be a blast so stick around!


What is Binary Outcast?

Binary Outcast, increasingly shorted to BinOC (pronounced ben-oh-sea), is first and foremost the home of Matt A. Tobin. I (or we depending on when) have accomplished many things since 2001 and attempted many others with varying levels of success. Today, the whole thing stands once again as a multi-faceted and expanding .. uhh thing. From my self, through any that come along to help, to your screen. This is BinOC. Stay tuned!