Thunderbird 5

A warning to Thunderbird 3.1.x users the last release is coming on April 24 when the 3.1.x branch will finally be retired. This comes nearly a year after Thunderbird 5 was released last spring and is almost twice as long as Mozilla normally continues to provide support of older versions after a major release. Further starting with Thunderbird 13 on June 5, 2012, minimum requirement for Windows will change from Windows 2000 to Windows XP SP2. For organizations or individuals who are not able to update to the newer versions of Thunderbird due to older hardware and/or operating systems, there…

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Starting with Thunderbird 9.0 Beta 3 (released November 25, 2011) hardware acceleration is now turned off by default. While the premise was good to allow Thunderbird 5.0 and newer to utilize video hardware acceleration, for many user it caused issues including blurry fonts. Thunderbird 9 Beta can be downloaded from the Mozilla Thunderbird builds page.

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As mentioned today on our Firefox Blog, support for Firefox 3.6 will be likely ending in late April 2012. However, the Enterprise/Thunderbird/ExtendedSupport has not been refined yet. It still states, We intend to conclude on this subject within two weeks in order to be able to offer Thunderbird ESR 1.0 at the same time that Thunderbird 8 or 9 is released. Thunderbird 3.1 will be declared end-of-life 12 weeks after the release of Thunderbird ESR 1.0. Given that Firefox (though not yet official) has decided to make Firefox 10 the first ESR, it would seem logical that Thunderbird would follow…

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Bug 701875 was created a few days ago to address a major issue with Windows and Gecko 2.0 (Firefox 4.0+/Thunderbird 5.0+). omni.jar is a core file for Gecko 2.0 versions of Firefox and Thunderbird. From MDN: Firefox 4 and Thunderbird 3.3 achieve performance improvements by moving many of their internal parts from being standalone files or sets of JAR files into just one JAR file called omni.jar; this reduces the amount of I/O needed to load the application. This issue is no fault of Mozilla’s rather Microsoft Windows. It seems the Window’s System Restore does not backup .jar files. Trying…

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Update 10/17/2011: I have updated the links for both Lightning and Provider for Google Calendar add-ons. Also added the note about needing to know the version of Thunderbird in order to choose the correct version of Lightning. I started using Gmail (words I never thought I’d say) earlier this year because I needed a Gmail account to use with the Android Marketplace. Plus my college uses the Gmail system for their email and calendar. In the past couple months I started using the Google Calendar as well. In the past I have looked at and even tried using Mozilla Lightning…

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Thunderbird 6.0 Released

Mozilla/Mozilla Labs has released the next version of Thunderbird, 6.0 on August 16, 2011. New stuff in Thunderbird 6.0 is listed below, be sure to check out the complete release notes for full details. The latest version of Thunderbird has the following changes: Thunderbird is based on the new Mozilla Gecko 6 engine Several theme improvements for Windows 7 Support for Windows 7 Jump lists Several fixes when importing email from Microsoft Outlook Default mail client check now works with newer Linux distributions Various other user interface fixes and improvements Numerous platform fixes that improve speed, performance, stability and security…

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Just Released Thunderbird 6 Beta – July 20th Coming Soon Thunderbird 6 Beta 2 – August 2nd Thunderbird 3.1.12 – August 16th Thunderbird 6 Final Release – August 16th Thunderbird 7 Beta – August 16th Thunderbird 8 Early Bird – August 16th Future Releases Thunderbird 7 Final Release – September 27th Thunderbird 8 Beta – September 27th Thunderbird 9 Early Bird – September 27th * As part of the new Rapid Release Schedule, dates listed for Earlybird and Beta builds reflect when the code merge is to begin. The actual release to that particular channel may vary by several days….

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There has been two updates to Lightning today, 1.0b5rc2 & 1.0b5rc3. These releases candidates addressed: Alarm window disappearing Misplaced beeps from the alarm system. Some calendars are no longer working (specifically, webcal:// calendars). Support for Thunderbird 5.0 and 6.0 The final release of 1.0b5 is expected in the next couple days and will have 10 bugfixes. For more information and to download the update click here. Lightning 1.0b4 will not work with Thunderbird 6.0 Beta, even if forced. However, the current RC builds of Lightning 1.0b5 do support Thunderbird 6.0 Beta and it appears will work the current Provider for…

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Thunderbird 5, like Firefox 4 takes advantage of Windows Aero Glass effect on Vista and Windows 7. This results in a transparent menu bar, which some users find this transparency annoying. There are a couple ways to get around this. You can use a Persona or add these lines to your Thunderbird’s userChrome.css file: /*Removes Transparent Aero Theme Effect Windows Vista & 7 */ window, page, dialog, wizard, prefwindow { background-color: -moz-Dialog !important; } #toolbar-menubar { -moz-appearance: -moz-win-browsertabbar-toolbox !important; } “

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Mozilla has released the first Beta for the upcoming (August 16th) Thunderbird 6.0 on the Communications Beta Channel. For those who were running Thunderbird 5.0 Beta, you will be offered an update to the 6.0 Beta version. Otherwise you can get it here. What’s New in Thunderbird Beta The latest version of Thunderbird Beta has the following changes: Support for Windows 7 Jump lists Several fixes when importing email from Microsoft Outlook Default mail client check now works with newer Linux distributions Various other user interface fixes and improvements and numerous other bug fixes

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