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status update

maintained by Alex Bishop <>

Monday September 29, 2003 (Status Update #214)

This status update page is updated approximately once a week. To get news in between these updates, you are invited to check out MozillaZine, a site devoted to Mozilla news and advocacy.

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Mozilla 1.5

Two release candidates of Mozilla 1.5, Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 1 and Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 2, have been made available for testing purposes (RC2 supersedes RC1). The final version of Mozilla 1.5 is expected to be released in the first week of October.

Mozilla 1.4.1

More Mozilla 1.4.1 release candidate builds can be found at

Mozilla Firebird 0.7

Release candidate builds of Mozilla Firebird 0.7 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X can be downloaded from See the related topic in the MozillaZine Firebird Builds forum for more information. Firebird 0.7 will be released from the Mozilla 1.5 branch, at around the same time as Mozilla 1.5.

Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3

Two rounds of Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 release candidates have been made available, with the latest builds for each platform located at Take a look at Scott MacGregor's message about Thunderbird 0.3 RC1 and announcement regarding the second release candidate for more information. These release candidates come from the new Thunderbird 0.3 branch, which itself was created from the Mozilla 1.5 branch. Thunderbird 0.3 should be released around the same time as Mozilla 1.5 and Firebird 0.7.


ChatZilla 0.9.35 has landed on the trunk and 1.5 branch (bug 217275).

End User Telephone Support

Bart Decrem has announced that the Mozilla Foundation will soon be offering fee-based telephone support to end users in partnership with DecisionOne.


Mozilla project hosting site mozdev recently turned three years old.


Robert O'Callahan has written some guidelines for creating efficient and easy-to-use interfaces.

Tabbed Browsing

There is now a preference for specifying whether opening a bookmark group should replace the existing tabs or append the new pages to the current set (bug 203960).

Junk Mail

The new mail notification (biff) is no longer triggered when only junk mail arrives (bug 189289).

Top Posting

When the 'start my reply above the quoted text' setting is selected for a mail or newsgroups account, the signature is also placed above the quoted text (bug 62429).

Mail & Newsgroups Thread Pane Columns

In Mail & Newsgroups, the Recipient column can now be displayed in the thread pane of all folders and newsgroups, not just the Sent folder (equally, the Sender column can now be displayed in the thread pane of the Sent folder) (bug 36492).

Helper Applications

In the GTK 2 builds, Mozilla now uses the GNOME application associations as the default settings for helper applications (bug 128668).

Tree Status

The trunk is currently open (but check tinderbox for the latest status). Checkins to the 1.5 branch require approval from

Staff Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the staff meeting of Monday 15th September and Monday 22nd September are now available.

Independent Status Reports

Third party updates from Wednesday 24th September are now available.

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