The change from the K-Meleon 0.9.x series to 1.0.x was a major modification. The most notable change was the main K-Meleon code being updated to accommodate the Gecko 1.8.0.x rendering engine, as used in the latest releases of SeaMonkey and Mozilla Firefox. The change of layout not only brought the browser up-to-date on the level of security, but on web page layout as well. Several other major improvements included support for favicons and multi-user environments. Some themes and macros from version 0.9 are still compatible with 1.0, although the macro system has been updated. An even more fundamental update of the macro system was made concurrent with the development of K-Meleon 1.1, which is based on the Gecko 1.8.1 rendering engine that is used in Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and SeaMonkey 1.1. The last release of the earlier K-Meleon 0.9 series (which was based on the earlier Mozilla 1.7.x rendering engine used in the former Mozilla Application Suite) was K-Meleon 0.9.13 (released April 24, 2006). That release was based on the Mozilla 1.7.13 build (the final Mozilla Suite release). Although K-Meleon 0.9.13 is based on Gecko 1.7.13, which is now obsolete, a simulation of it (called "K-Meleon0.9.13-ud3-22.214.171.124") has been made that is based on a current "k-meleon.exe" and a recent 1.8.0.x Gecko rendering engine to allow people who prefer the older K-Meleon 0.9 interface to update their browsing to current security standards.
The use of Windows native interface means that K-Meleon does not support Mozilla-based themes. Compatibility with Mozilla extensions is also limited, with only a few extensions that can be integrated. However, K-Meleon has its own plugins (called "kplugins") and browser themes, (the default being Phoenity) which can extend the functionality and customize the appearance of the browser. There is also a macro plugin which allows users to extend the browser functionality without having to know the C programming language.
|Red||Old release; not supported|
|Yellow||Old release; still supported|
|Green||Current stable release|
|Purple||Current test release|
|Major version||Release version||Gecko version||Release date||Significant changes|
|0.1||0.1||M17||August 21 2000||First release; mainly a rebranded WinEmbed, using the BCG Library; customizable menu and toolbar, IE Favorites support.|
|0.2||0.2||M18||November 26 2000||Project hosted at SourceForge; right-click context menus; improvements and bugfixes.|
|0.2.1||M18||November 27 2000||Bugfixes.|
|0.3||0.3||0.8||February 13 2001||Major rewrite using MfcEmbed instead of WinEmbed and the BCG Library; plugin support for menus and toolbars; preferences dialog; customizable menus and accelerator keys; basic authentication; page source view; option to save files to disk.|
|0.5||0.5||0.9.4||September 27 2001||Support for SSL, Wallet and external protocol handlers; customizable UserAgent string; improved Java support and profile handling; pop-up blocker; symbiotic loader; various improvements and bugfixes.|
|0.6||0.6||0.9.5||October 30 2001||Toolbar plugin; improved proxy support; file upload; numerous improvements and bugfixes.|
|0.7||0.7||1.2b||October 31 2002||New plugins: Layered windows ("tabbed browsing"), support for Opera bookmarks (hotlist), external program control; automatic detection of popular third party plugins; text zoom, print preview, page setup and type ahead find; skin support; various improvements and bugfixes.|
|0.7.1 (0.7 SP1)||February 12 2003||Numerous plugin improvements.|
|0.8||0.8||1.5||November 10 2003||Various usability improvements.|
|0.8.1||December 13 2003||Mouse Gestures plugin; improvements and bugfixes.|
|0.8.2||December 23 2003||Improvements and bugfixes.|
|0.9||0.9||1.7.5||January 18 2005||Privacy plugin, Flashblock extension and Aggreg8 RSS feed reader; new default skin (Phoenity); numerous usability improvements.|
|0.9.12||1.7.12||January 10 2006||Community-driven Gecko update; various new features (partly unique to this version).|
|0.9.13||1.7.13||April 25 2006||Community-driven Gecko update; various new features (partly unique to this version).|
|1.0||1.0||126.96.36.199||July 15 2006||Full localization support, first official localization (German); find bar and improved URL bar; configurable download options, XUL-based advanced preferences panel; overall improvements for macros and menus; new default RSS/Atom feed reader (NewsFox).|
|1.0.1 (1.01)||188.8.131.52||August 14 2006||Gecko update.|
|1.0.2 (1.02)||184.108.40.206||September 22 2006||Gecko update, some improvements and bugfixes.|
|1.1||1.1||220.127.116.11||May 22 2007||Multilanguage support, several official localizations; modular macros; session saver plugin; improved cookie permissions and password support; easier customization of search engines and mouse gestures; upgradable configuration of accelerator keys, menus and macros.|
|1.1.1 (1.11)||18.104.22.168||July 22 2007||Gecko update and bugfixes.|
|1.1.2||22.214.171.124||August 8 2007||Gecko update and bugfixes.|
|1.1.3||126.96.36.199||November 26 2007||Gecko update; update checker plugin.|
|1.1.4||188.8.131.52||February 11 2008||Gecko update and bugfixes.|
|1.1.5||184.108.40.206||April 8 2008||Gecko update and bugfix.|
|1.1.6||220.127.116.11pre||July 18 2008||Gecko update.|
|1.5||1.5a1||18.104.22.168||October 13 2007||True tabs instead of layered windows; improved multilanguage support; native preferences panel replaced by XUL-based former advanced preferences panel; Unicode build for Windows NT, non-Unicode build for Windows 9X.|
|1.5a2||22.214.171.124||February 13 2008||Improvements for tabs; new cache and proxy configuration options; bug fixes.|
|1.5b1||126.96.36.199||April 9 2008||New font configuration options; improvements and bugfixes.|
|1.5b2||May 29 2008||Improved translation macro; bugfixes.|
|1.5RC||188.8.131.52pre||July 18 2008||Latest improvements and bugfixes.|
|1.5.0||184.108.40.206pre||August 8 2008||Official version 1.5 release.|
References: K-Meleon file releases, release notes and Wiki documentation.
Many of the changes implemented were included in later versions of K-Meleon, and with the release of K-Meleon 1.5, this will include "real tab support and much powerful macro plugin" Development of CCF has ceased with users being advised to move to K-Meleon 1.5 upon its release.
It is the least resource intensive browser for Windows using an up-to-date rendering engine making it ideal for older computers or those with minimal amounts of RAM. It may also be the fastest at rendering, loading pages faster than Opera.
There have also been some early attempts at making a version of K-Meleon which can run from a read-only device, such as a CD-ROM.
K-Ninja was originally developed by Mark Reaves at Mot Studios. When Mark left Mot Studios and founded LDIOS (the Linux Desktop Initiation Operating System), the Official K-Ninja Forum also moved to the LDIOS site, which has not functioned since Nov. 29, 2005. Mark has not been available to maintain the project.
On June 29th, 2005, "TransitMan" updated the K-Ninja rendering engine to Gecko 1.7.9 beta, and since March 12th, 2006, "Al." (a former K-Meleon dev) updated it further and began to maintain it on a new homepage as K-Ninja Samurai v1.x, with the v1.7.13 Gecko engine. On October 27th, 2007 he released K-Ninja v220.127.116.11, using the rendering engine of Seamonkey v1.1.5 (currently rv: 18.104.22.168). Current K-Ninja development has been scaled down by Al. because of personal commitments and also as he began using Ubuntu. Further updates only occurred when new GREs were released, which ensured browser security.
The last couple of K-Ninja releases were done privately as a service to existing K-Ninja users reluctant to switch to another browser. The last release was K-Ninja v2.2.1 (codenamed Cydonia based on Gecko v22.214.171.124). An experimental version using the older Gecko v126.96.36.199pre rendering engine was also developed during this period, it being called "Orbital".
On March 12th, 2008, K-Ninja development was wrapped up by Al.