July 2007

Thunderbird Future

OK, I guess it’s time for me to break my silence and offer my humble opinion on what’s going on:

Firstly, I looked over Mitchell’s (over 100 comments!), Scott’s, Asa’s and even the usual mozillaZine forums. I’m not in a position to say how Mozilla operates as I don’t fully understand their structure, and that’s not the main aim here.

Basically from what I gather is that Thunderbird requires a new focus, whether within Mozilla, or outside of it. And Scott and David are still going to be full-time lead developers of Thunderbird “tomorrow, the day after, and into the foreseeable future“, as Asa goes. So, be rest assured, Thunderbird is not going to be abandoned any time soon.

My personal opinion is that I don’t really care about the organisational structure of Thunderbird, I just want to see development progress. There’s no point in having an optimum organisation but yet nothing gets done. Yes, the way the developers communicate with each other, discuss the priorities, or even criticise each other’s work is important, and that’s true for every office or workplace out there in the world today. However, ultimately what end-users care about is the final product, no matter whether they are home users or corporations.

If something has to be done about the structure, please go ahead and do so, and do so quickly before development is slowed in one way or another. Eventually, it should not have a negative impact on the development of Thunderbird. We should not be in a position where progress is stalled for a long extended period of time because some restructuring is halting everything up.

There are many users who acknowledge the hard work that the full-time developers, Scott and David, put in, as well as many volunteers around the world. I personally have exchanged correspondence with Scott, both regarding The Rumbling Edge as well as Thunderbird matters, and I can say that he (as well as David) is definitely one devoted to the Thunderbird cause.

Yes, Thunderbird’s impact on the web today is considerably less than Firefox, but we should not let that affect us. No matter whether it remains under the main Mozilla umbrella or not, I’m sure there will be people willing to pick up the slack. I personally would like to do so, but besides my changelogs, weekly posts and the occasional bug report, I have been technically unable to provide anything else until I complete the computing course that I will be starting soon (and ending four years later). Honestly, I have learnt many things by starting early, from writing documentation for software to using Bugzilla to query database. It will be an interesting educational experience for all aspiring computer programmers (or engineers or whatsoever).

I am confident that the Thunderbird community will step up and prove its worth in these difficult times. It is true that it will be no match for the might of the “Firefox empire”, but being small doesn’t mean that nothing will get done. If there’s something within my capability to help Thunderbird through, I’ll definitely “throw my hat in the ring”. This community has taught me enough for me to contribute back to itself. And just like the many volunteers who don’t want to see Thunderbird die, I will do my very best to see it through.

Gary Kwong

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2007-07-24 Sunbird 0.7 builds

Calendars:

  • Fixed: 385177 – Iranian Holidays Calendar
  • Fixed: 388000 – Singapore Public Holiday 2008
  • Fixed: 388399 – China holiday file by Mr. Fu Yang Yong – reloaded
  • Fixed: 388581 – Paraguay Holidays file

Common:

  • Fixed: 351745 – iMIP bar should ask user what calendar to add invitation to
  • Fixed: 357397 – [proto] support WCAP server invitations
  • Fixed: 385900 – Today pane has to be implemented
  • Fixed: 386502 – dtstart is always included in recurrence set, even when it’s out of the query range
  • Fixed: 386621 – Provide update to Lightning 0.5 for builds from releases.mozilla.org
  • Fixed: 387302 – About dialog has no accesskey
  • Fixed: 387527 – Change weekview to ‘workweek days only’ -> weekview gets unuseble
  • Fixed: 388221 – Repeating events – alarm doesn’t always fire
  • Fixed: 388644 – Remove alarms from public holiday calendar files

Common (Provider: CalDav – ICS/Webdav – Local Storage – WCAP):

  • Fixed: 374566 – CalDAV provider should provide UI when setting calendar read-only
  • Fixed: 378588 – Tasks-in-view is broken on CalDAV calendars
  • Fixed: 380376 – CalDAV provider source code has a reference to non-existent "calendarToReturn" property
  • Fixed: 385439 – wcap calendar in read only mode -> but new event creation is possible
  • Fixed: 385928 – Sunbird displays only one out of n subscribed CalDAV calendar at startup
  • Fixed: 388007 – PROPFIND truncates URL parameters

Outstanding bugs marked critical or blocker:

  • Fixed: 359443 – Deleting item from Agenda deletes an email instead
  • Fixed: 360216 – Deleting multiple tasks in Todo tab deletes email due to focus issue

For outstanding bugs with severity level major and below, please see this list of bugs with 0.7+ flags. (Currently 34 at time of writing)

Lightning vanilla .xpi:

Windows builds Official Windows .xpi

Linux builds Official Linux .xpi

Mac builds Official Mac .xpt

Sunbird builds:

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary) (2007-07-23 build)

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2007-07-24 Thunderbird 1.5.0.13 builds

Security issue:

  • Fixed: 389106 – firefox may not escape quotes everywhere

No outstanding bugs.

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer (discussion)

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary)

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2007-07-24 Thunderbird 2.0.0.6 builds

Security issue:

  • Fixed: 389106 – firefox may not escape quotes everywhere

Outstanding bugs: (6)

  • Since 20 Jun 06: 342154 – No more confirmation dialog of attachment correctly saved if attachment file type listed as “save to disk” and “save without asking” option is checked
  • Since 20 Nov 06: 361279 – standalone mesage window: Unable to Retrieve Message when ‘Retrieve Headers Only’ applied
  • Since 21 Nov 06: 361417 – Crtl-Shift-A is no longer selecting the entire thread
  • Since 07 Jan 07: 366255 – Exception thrown in nsIEditor.inlineSpellChecker when opening/closing the compose window
  • Since 29 Jan 07: 368617 – Account setting “OK” button not saving data.
  • Since 24 Apr 07: 378635 – Tracking Bug: Bugs to Fix in TB2.0.0.x before offering a major update

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer (discussion)

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary)

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2007-07-16 Sunbird 0.7 builds

Common:

  • Fixed: 189416 – View buttons should be type=radio
  • Fixed: 386236 – Remote Calendars are print the wrong time.
  • Fixed: 386483 – Allday event marks two days bold in minimonth
  • Fixed: 387549 – bad lineends in source files

Lightning-only:

  • Fixed: 332193 – Agenda shows past and finished tasks
  • Fixed: 376086 – Lightning does not support a multiweek view
  • Fixed: 382755 – Lightning fails to process iTIP/iMIP invitations sent by Groupwise server
  • Fixed: 387294 – width of left pane is not set properly at startup
  • Fixed: 387891 – Remove tasks icon from mode toolbar until task view is implemented

Outstanding bugs marked critical or blocker:

  • Fixed: 353470 – Deleting a Todo also deletes an Email

For outstanding bugs with severity level major and below, please see this list of bugs with 0.7+ flags. (Currently 36 at time of writing)

Lightning vanilla .xpi:

Windows builds Official Windows .xpi

Linux builds Official Linux .xpi

Mac builds Official Mac .xpt

Sunbird builds:

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary)

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2007-07-16 Thunderbird 1.5.0.13 builds

No checkins during this period.

No outstanding bugs.

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer (discussion)

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary)

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2007-07-16 Thunderbird 2.0.0.5 builds

No checkins during this period. Thunderbird 2.0.0.5 RC1 candidate builds are under testing, but they should not differ much from the nightlies listed below.

Outstanding bugs: (6)

  • Since 20 Jun 06: 342154 – No more confirmation dialog of attachment correctly saved if attachment file type listed as “save to disk” and “save without asking” option is checked
  • Since 20 Nov 06: 361279 – standalone mesage window: Unable to Retrieve Message when ‘Retrieve Headers Only’ applied
  • Since 21 Nov 06: 361417 – Crtl-Shift-A is no longer selecting the entire thread
  • Since 07 Jan 07: 366255 – Exception thrown in nsIEditor.inlineSpellChecker when opening/closing the compose window
  • Since 29 Jan 07: 368617 – Account setting “OK” button not saving data.
  • Since 24 Apr 07: 378635 – Tracking Bug: Bugs to Fix in TB2.0.0.x before offering a major update

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer (discussion)

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary)

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50 million downloads mark reached

The number of Thunderbird downloads has exceeded 50 million, since the release of 1.0 back in December 2004.

According to Asbjørn Sloth Tønnesen, this mark was reached on 12 July 2007, which means that Thunderbird took just over 2.5 years to get to this mark, and just under 6 months from 40 million.

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