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July 2007

Desktop or Web Mail?

On Monday Mitchell posted the article Thunderbird — Differences in response to comments on her Email Call to Action post from last week about the Thunderbird’s Future. Mitchell points out that there seems to be a trend of folks moving away from desktop based e-mail clients (Outlook, Evolution, Thunderbird, etc): Web mail usage grows. Younger generations in particular use other techniques. There are many parts of the world where email is less common than in the US, Western Europe or Japan. For example, in parts of the world where Internet cafes are a major way of accessing the Internet desktop…

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Desktop or Web Mail?

On Monday Mitchell posted the article Thunderbird — Differences in response to comments on her Email Call to Action post from last week about the Thunderbird’s Future. Mitchell points out that there seems to be a trend of folks moving away from desktop based e-mail clients (Outlook, Evolution, Thunderbird, etc): Web mail usage grows. Younger generations in particular use other techniques. There are many parts of the world where email is less common than in the US, Western Europe or Japan. For example, in parts of the world where Internet cafes are a major way of accessing the Internet desktop…

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Fx 2.0.0.6 Coming Tonight

Due to the recent discovery of bug 389580 (some schemes with %00 launch unexpected handlers on windows), Mozilla has opted to do an early release of Firefox 2.0.0.6 for tonight. Thunderbird 2.0.0.6 is set to be released later this week. Look for automatic update notification (does not apply to Linux builds) within the next 24-36 hours.

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Weekly Update 2007-07-30

Here are the details of today’s Weekly Update meeting: Fx/TBird 2.0.0.6 – Due to bug 389580, Fx 2.0.0.6 will be released tonight. TBird 2.0.0.6 in a few days. TBird 3 – Be sure to check out Thunderbird’s Future as well as Mitchell Speaks Out about finding a new home to TBird. Fx3: New protocol handling dialog landed; critical regressions cleaned up. One alpha/m 7 blocker remains; it has a patch and is in the review cycle. Places: Working on final M7 bug. UI focus for M8 is ongoing Gecko 1.9: M7 Release still pending. Tree will remained closed until M7…

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Page Zoom in Fx 3

Presently with Firefox, the only ‘zoom’ (CTRL + +) increases the text-size only.  The original Mozilla Suite (now The SeaMonkey Project) and Opera have a page zoom, that is where the entire page (text, objects and pictures) are zoomed.  This was filed as bug 4821 back on April 8, 1999 and on July 25th, 2007 it was finally marked as RESOLVED FIXED. Now before you get all excited, it is not quite done yet.  The backend functionality is done which is why the bug status has been changed to  RESOLVED FIXED.  However, there is currently not a way to call…

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Mitchell Speaks Out

See: Thunderbird’s Future for background info. Currently, Mitchell (Baker) has made some additional posts in Mitchell’s Blog in response to the comments left on her Email Call to Action from July 25th. Some of the ‘themes’ she is has/going to respond to include: Google is involved somehow Thunderbird and the Mozilla mission Feature thoughts about Thunderbird Why can’t Thunderbird and Firefox both prosper inside the Mozilla Corporation? Is Mozilla exclusively focused on Firefox? Revenue is the determining factor. I will update this post when she posts on ‘themes’ 5 and 6, plus any additional she may add.

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Mitchell Speaks Out

See: Thunderbird’s Future for background info. Currently, Mitchell (Baker) has made some additional posts in Mitchell’s Blog in response to the comments left on her Email Call to Action from July 25th. Some of the ‘themes’ she is has/going to respond to include: Google is involved somehow Thunderbird and the Mozilla mission Feature thoughts about Thunderbird Why can’t Thunderbird and Firefox both prosper inside the Mozilla Corporation? Is Mozilla exclusively focused on Firefox? Revenue is the determining factor. I will update this post when she posts on ‘themes’ 5 and 6, plus any additional she may add.

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Thunderbird’s Future

Granted I don’t talk as much about Thunderbird in here as I do Firefox. Part of that is because their isn’t as much news or anything to talk about with Thunderbird. On Wednesday Mozilla’s, Chief Lizard Wrangler (CEO) Mitchell Baker posted in her blog that Mozilla has come to a point where they to decided what they want to do with Thunderbird. “We have concluded that we should find a new, separate organizational setting for Thunderbird; one that allows the Thunderbird community to determine its own destiny.” Mozilla has come up with three possible options: Option 1. Create a new…

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Thunderbird’s Future

Granted I don’t talk as much about Thunderbird in here as I do Firefox. Part of that is because their isn’t as much news or anything to talk about with Thunderbird. On Wednesday Mozilla’s, Chief Lizard Wrangler (CEO) Mitchell Baker posted in her blog that Mozilla has come to a point where they to decided what they want to do with Thunderbird. “We have concluded that we should find a new, separate organizational setting for Thunderbird; one that allows the Thunderbird community to determine its own destiny.” Mozilla has come up with three possible options: Option 1. Create a new…

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Content Handling

The other day sim asked on the Weekly Update 2007-07-23 post “what’s content handling”.  This was in reference to the report that “content-handling is not going to make Fx3”. So what is content-handling? It is a neat feature that would let you setup Firefox on what to do when it came across certain types of content. Technically, this feature already exists if you go under Tools, Options.., Content tab and then under File Types click Manage… However with Firefox 3, it was more of a user-interface (UI) type change. The blog article, Fx 3 User Interface (UI) Redo shows an…

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