October 2007

Survey on Thunderbird 2 now online

Last week, I promised a survey on Thunderbird 2 after my college one, so here it is:

Thunderbird 2 survey version 1, done up end-Oct 07.

It comprises 10 questions, some optional, and should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.

Please note that the survey is not commissioned by Mozilla nor anybody else; this is just something I am doing in my own free time. All comments are welcome, and if I have enough time / feedback, I might do up an improved version. Thank you!

Discussions can be found on Mozilla Labs forum or MozillaZine forums as well. Other bloggers’ responses are here as well.

Edit: Here are some initial results out of 150 complete responses: (75 within ~2.5 hrs, and a consistent rate till 150 within 5 hrs!)

  1. 57% power users, with 33% average users.
  2. Respondents were generally quite satisfied with almost every aspect listed, though more were satisfied to the fullest due to adherence to open standards and its stability.
  3. More than half went to MozillaZine for Thunderbird support. The next closest, at 16%, were Mozilla newsgroups.
  4. 71% keep track of Thunderbird development through Planet Mozilla blogs. Forums came in at 34%, Bugzilla at 21%. The Rumbling Edge was mentioned too. 🙂 Only 7 out of 150 did not answer this optional question.
  5. Top ranked improvements to current functionalities was "Improved global search across all types of accounts" at an average rating of 1.9 out of 8. Improved spam filtering came in a close second at 2.3.
  6. Top ranked enhancements to Thunderbird (be it as an extension or otherwise) were "Default calendaring support" at an average rating of 2.0 out of 14, followed by synchronization of data with mobile devices at 3.1 and search bar improvements at 3.3 out of 14. The ones after that are find-as-you-type at 5.2, and collapsing of quotes at 6.6.
  7. 20 respondents use the Mac version.
  8. Generally, Keychain support to store passwords was ranked comparatively more important than ability to search mail in Spotlight, whilst mail alerts came in after that, and "Others" brought up the rear. (25 respondents though vs 20 Mac version users.)
  9. To increase the number of Thunderbird users, 51% opted for more features, while the runners-up include better support, improved marketing and involvement of the community at a statistical tie of ~44% +/- 1%.
  10. Other features suggested include encryption of data, Jabber protocol support, better address book features, roaming profile, more colours for organization of data throughout the app, better IMAP support, improved filtering and better documentation on issues like how to create extensions for Thunderbird.

Thanks to everyone who have responded so far!

Edit 2: I’m currently looking around for some decent hosting. Any suggestions? Any offers to help unlock future responses beyond the 250 free ones? (I could take some out of my own pockets as well, but have limited financial capabilities; donations can be made though)

Edit 3: The responses are about to shoot over the 250 limit, and now have 236 responses in 14 hours. I am grateful to m. aram**, who has donated to offset the subscription, and I hope others would do the same. I will up to the next level (to 1,000), forking out some from my own pocket, in the next half a day or so. Thank you!

Edit 4: Within ~20 hours from the start, the limit has been reached; paid subscription has to be made to create reports on more responses. A report has been compiled and available for view for the first 249 responses.

Edit 5: More responses have been unlocked already, up till a limit of a thousand.

Final edit here: Offers of hosting have come in, the responses have been racing up (as of now ~290 complete ones), and I’ll continue on the survey progress in a new post in a few days time. Meanwhile, I will still track comments at the two forums linked above. Thanks to all who have helped in one way or another!

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2007-10-25 Sunbird 0.7 builds

Current Sunbird (0.7) | Next planned Sunbird (0.8) | Previous releases

Common:

  • Fixed: 396938 – Tracking bug for L10n issues regarding Sunbird/Lightning 0.7 release
  • Fixed: 399865 – prepare files to push on aus2.mozilla.org for sunbird 0.5 -> 0.7 update
  • Fixed: 400168 – Exclude mn locale for 0.7 release and remove from shipped-locales
  • Fixed: 400670 – Output format dialog opens as dot

Common (Providers):

  • Fixed: 393853 – Upload nightly builds for the Provider for Google Calendar extension
  • Fixed: 400871 – General listener is called even when not defined

No significant outstanding bugs.

Sunbird & Lightning 0.7 final has been released. This will be the last post for the 0.7 nightlies category.

Lightning .xpi: – Please download 0.7 final builds instead.

Windows builds Official Windows .xpi,WCAP

Linux builds Official Linux .xpi,WCAP

Mac builds Official Mac .xpi,WCAP

Sunbird builds: – Please download 0.7 final builds instead.

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary)

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2007-10-23 Sunbird 0.7 builds

Current Sunbird (0.5) | Next planned Sunbird (0.7) | Previous releases

Calendars:

  • Fixed (again): 357687 – Jewish Calendar, in Hebrew and English (conribution for Lightning)
  • Fixed: 397353 – Hungarian Public Holidays in ICS format
  • Fixed: 398845 – Update Canada holidays
  • Fixed: 400037 – Hong Kong public holidays in ics file

Common:

  • Fixed: 385155 – Reminder /alarm dialog doesn’t show times in configured timezone
  • Fixed: 399616 – Event on daylight saving time start or end day showing incorrect hour in day and week view [summer time]
  • Fixed: 399780 – [Proto] setting for reminders for tasks not taken into account if no day has been selected
  • Fixed: 400370 – [TodayPane] weektitle of miniday is not always correctly calculated

Sunbird-only:

  • Fixed: 400407 – Conflicting entries in removed-files.in break update process

No outstanding bugs marked critical or blocker.

For outstanding bugs with severity level major and below, please see this list of bugs with 0.7+ flags. (Currently 3 at time of writing)

0.7 RC 3 builds have been released for testing on 24 Oct 07. (Lightning / Sunbird).

Lightning .xpi:

Windows builds Official Windows .xpi, WCAP

Linux builds Official Linux .xpi, WCAP

Mac builds Official Mac .xpi, WCAP

Sunbird builds:

Windows builds Official Windows, Official Windows installer

Linux builds Official Linux (i686)

Mac builds Official Mac (Universal binary)

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2007-10-23 Thunderbird 1.5.0.14 builds

Current Thunderbird 1.5 (1.5.0.13) | Next planned Thunderbird 1.5 (1.5.0.14) | Previous releases

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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2007-10-23 Thunderbird 2.0.0.8 builds

Current Thunderbird 2 (2.0.0.6) | Next planned Thunderbird 2 (2.0.0.8) | Previous releases

Build configuration:

  • Fixed: 399207 – Add Hebrew to Thunderbird 2.0.0.8 for Windows and Linux

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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Free IMAP activated by Gmail

I am having a really busy time at school now, being in the midst of starting to consolidate / analyze the results of the survey for my college project (212 complete responses within a week; 38 more before we hit the limit!) and stalling on creating a Thunderbird-themed one due to lack of time (will appreciate help).

I noticed that Gmail just activated their IMAP support, and here are their instructions for getting it to work on Thunderbird 2 (saw it on Slashdot). As it is currently being rolled out to all accounts, I guess some of us will have to wait till it has been completed.

Edit: The survey for my college project has been closed. Thank you all who have responded!

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Survey progress

Some 48 hours ago, I started a survey on intellectual property, P2P and piracy (forgot to add: there’s some focus on Singapore!), for my university project. Though some questions admittedly could have been better phrased / organized / improved options, about 150 of you have responded.

Here are some preliminary results based on 150 complete responses (all percentages are approximated):

Questions 1 – 7:

  • 56% of respondents were 19-25 years old, with 27% aged 26-35.
  • 51% were students, while 25% were IT professionals.
  • The respondents mostly downloaded free (as in any type of "free", be it legal or otherwise) software (82% of all respondents), music (70%), movies (49%) and literary works (45%).
  • 48% thought that patents encouraged innovations, most understood plagiarism (79%), and 81% regarded plagiarism as serious, so most (94%) would quote a paragraph and give credits, or rewrite in their own words.

Currently, the survey is still on, so please head on to the survey page (3 pages with 26 questions in total) hosted at SurveyGizmo if you haven’t done so. There is still enough quota for about a hundred more responses for a free account. Personally, I find SurveyGizmo a pretty good deal considering its feature set as compared to other online survey sites.

Thanks to all in advance.

Edit: The survey has been closed. Thank you all who have responded!

Excerpt of results:

  1. What is your age?
    • 19 – 25 years -> 53%
    • 26 – 35 years -> 30%
    • 36 – 45 years -> 6%
    • 13 – 18 years -> 5%
    • More than 45 years old -> 5%
  2. What is your occupation?
    • Student -> 49%
    • IT Professional -> 28%
    • Others -> 14%
    • Engineer -> 5%
    • Unemployed -> 4%
  3. What do you download off the internet for free? Check all that applies.
    • Software -> 84%
    • Music -> 70%
    • Movies -> 49%
    • Literary Works (e-books, journals, etc) -> 44%
    • Anime -> 19%
    • Others -> 13%
  4. A patent is a monopoly right given by the Government to the owner of an invention to enable him to prevent others from using, copying or making his invention without his consent. Do you think patents encourage innovations? 1 being extremely disagree and 5 being extremely agree.
    • 4 -> 39%
    • 3 -> 24%
    • 2 -> 20%
    • 1 -> 12%
    • 5 -> 6%
  5. How much do you understand about plagiarism? 1 being none at all and 5 being fully understand.
    • 5 -> 42%
    • 4 -> 41%
    • 3 -> 14%
    • 2 -> 2%
    • 1 -> 1%
  6. Plagiarism is the using of others’ work passing off as your own without acknowledging. How serious does plagiarism mean to you? 1 being not serious at all and 5 being extremely serious about it.
    • 4 -> 51%
    • 5 -> 32%
    • 3 -> 12%
    • 2 -> 4%
    • 1 -> 1%
  7. How do you make use of online sources for your field of work?
    • Quote a paragraph and give credits to it -> 53%
    • Understand the essence of the paragraph and write it in your own words -> 42%
    • Modify a quote marginally and claim it as yours -> 5%
    • Copy and paste an entire paragraph into your assignment without referencing -> 1%
  8. What do you think are the factors that make people want to plagiarise? Check all that applies.
    • Lazy to write in your own words -> 78%
    • Last minute work -> 63%
    • Want a higher score -> 46%
    • Poor command of language -> 44%
    • Lack of confidence in writing -> 43%
    • Others -> 19%

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Thunderbird 1.5.0.x End-of-life

Thunderbird 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until October 18, 2007. There will most likely only be one more release from Gecko 1.8.0.x branch, which is version 1.5.0.14.

Lightning support will most likely to be dropped for Thunderbird 1.5 after Lightning 0.7 is released. The Calendar developers are awaiting feedback over this.

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