Thunderbird

Release Recap Updates

We are now a couple months into Mozilla’s new Rapid Release process where new versions are scheduled for release every six-weeks. As such I’ve decided to change the frequency in which the Release Recaps are posted. In a given 6-week period, 2 weekly updates contain new information, while the other 4 updates are just ‘place holder’ posts with no new information. So, effective from this point forward the Release Recaps will only be posted the Saturdays prior to and after the releases. So, the next release date is November 8th, therefore the next Release Recaps will be on November 5th…

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Cross-domain WebGL textures disabled in Firefox 5

Note: This applies more to site developers who have been using the new WebGL textures feature introduced in Gecko 2.0 (Firefox 4, Thunderbird 3.3 and SeaMonkey 2.1). In Firefox 5, it is no longer possible to use cross-domain elements as the source for WebGL textures. We made this change in response to security concerns around the possibility of cross domain information leakage. Unfortunately, that means that some WebGL-using pages are no longer working. We are working with the WebGL WG on a solution to allow such pages to resume working as soon as possible — read on for details. —…

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Toolbar Icons on Tab Bar

I was looking through the Thunderbird builds board on mozillaZine when I came across a thread asking about having toolbar (icons) next to the tabs in Thunderbird like you could in Firefox. I didn’t quite understand this thread the first couple times I read it. The poster did a mock-up ‘screenshot’ of how this would look in Thunderbird. This got me wondering, ‘which version of Firefox allowed you to have toolbar icons next to the tabs’? I tried it out on Firefox 5 Beta and sure enough it is possible as seen above. I moved the Greasemonkey icon onto the…

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Nightly/Central Label

Just wanted to clarify that mozilla-central is the Nightlies channel for Firefox as in some places you will see mozilla-central. Further, Thunderbird is transitioning to the rapid release cycle as well with the labels comm-central (nightly), comm-aurora and comm-beta.

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Firefox 3.5.17/3.6.14 Delay Info

For those keeping track, Firefox 3.5.17 & 3.6.14 were scheduled to be released back on February 8th. This date later got pushed back to February 14th. Finally today, February 18th Mozilla updated the release page removing a projected release date. So what’s with the delays? Unlike Firefox 4 Beta 12,  this one took a bit of hunting around to find more info. Finally found some information from the February 16th Firefox/Gecko Delivery Meeting notes. The problem is with Firefox 3.6.14 and therefore is also delaying the release of Firefox 3.5.17 (as well as Thunderbird 3.1.8). The issue is a pesky…

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ProfileManager

I’ve been debating about posting this for the past couple weeks since I first learned about the possibility of the profile manger being removed “after Firefox 4”. The reason I’ve been so hesitant on this post is because this ‘bug‘ (technical term, though more of a rumor) has been around since July 31, 2003 back when Firefox was Firebird. There was off-and-on chatter about this until the end of December 2009 when there since has been solid discussion about this. This would have been about the time Mozilla was getting ready to release Firefox 3.6 and the start of the…

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Preview: Main Site

Phases 1 and 2 of the ‘big changes’ are already or nearly completed. Earlier this week, we did move over the Wiki, the main site, The Email Mafiia blog and sites and a handful of other sites to the new sever. Surprisingly, the migration went a lot smoother than I was expecting. Did some have minor issues with the Wiki, but was able to get those resolved very quickly. As for the main site, just have a little more tweaking and adjusting to do before we launch the new main site. So far, I am very impressed with the flexibility…

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Firefox 4 Code Name: Tumucumaque

Mozilla’s tradition is code naming Firefox major releases after national parks from around the world, and, since recently, Thunderbird major releases after beaches. The latter we have seen with the first development release of Thunderbird 3.3 code named Miramar. For whatever reason there has not been much use of the code name for Firefox 4, especially given we are nearing the release of Beta 8. Percy at Mozilla Links did a little digging and found the code name for Firefox 4 is Tumucumaque, borrowed from the Tumucumaque Mountain National Park in Northwest Brazil.

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Still Waitin’ On Firefox 3.5.10/3.6.4

As we are now a third of the way into June, still no updated release date for the upcoming Firefox 3.5/3.6 updates. Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 is still listed as tentative for June 24th. However, Firefox 3.7a5 is now on the list but as TBD. As you may recall Firefox 3.7 was going into the beta builds as Firefox 4.0, so this really is odd. I’ll check again Friday night when I get ready to post the Weekly Release Recap. There is some good news, Thunderbird 3.1RC2 came out on Wednesday ahead of schedule. Mozilla Messaging seems to be moving…

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