Whoah, what's this?
Since I haven't received any updates since the
last status report and contributions of updates
has been falling off over the years, I've decided
to try something different with the status
section. Instead of relying solely on
contributions, I'll attempt to summarize what's
been going on in mozilla land.
The format for this will probably take a few
updates to settle down - please bear with me.
Suggestions and/or update items appreciated.
This report is covering over two weeks of progress, so items
are going to be a bit briefer than usual.
mozilla.org has pushed out two releases since
the last report. Off of the stable 1.0.x branch
on September 10th came mozilla 1.0.1. The following day mozilla 1.2alpha was released based on the current development trunk.
The Phoenix developers have been blazing ahead, releasing 0.1 on September 23rd and rapidly following up with 0.2 on October 2nd, and planning for a 0.3 release on October 8th. In case you haven't seen any of the publicity Phoenix has been getting, it's a gecko/XUL browser-only product. Due to the redesigned XUL it performs better than stock mozilla, and the UI designers have been been coding up creative solutions to some of mozilla's ui problems.
Everyone's favorite missing feature looks to be
coming to the mozilla tree from its current refuge
at spellchecker.mozdev.org. It's been broken recently due to the AVLTree being moved from xpcom to htmlparser (mozdevbug 2034). The current plan is to add a copy of AVLTree to the spellchecker, then the IBM team will review the code with the goal of getting it into mozilla in the very near future.
IBM has released IBM Web Browser
2.0 based on mozilla 1.0.1. They are currently in the process of
switching the OS/2 builds to use a new installer.
alecf has been going through the forest of
dlls that form mozilla and combining small
libraries that are often used together (bug
Wanted: footprint reduction ideas
alecf posted a request
for comments regarding wasteful
coding practices in the mozilla tree.
New popup window management
danm has checked in a new popup window management system. (bug
Spam/Junk mail filtering
Lots of code is being checked in for a spam/junk mail system, not
currently in the default build. (bug 169638)
has been checked in and turned on.
It's a great feature that's well worth taking a minute to learn how to use.
O'Reilly has published Creating Applications
with Mozilla, a book describing how to use Mozilla as an
applications framework. It describes how to make use of the standard
mozilla technologies (XUL, JS, CSS, XBL, XPCOM, RDF, ...). The book
is also available under the Open Publication
Licence at books.mozdev.org.
Work on xft/fontconfig support for mozilla is reaching completion, so
hopefully unix users will be able to enjoy anti-aliased mozilla goodness
in the not too distant future. (bug 126919)