Monday November 10, 2003 (Status Update #217)
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Mozilla 1.6 Alpha
Mozilla 1.6 Alpha was released on Halloween. This latest version features many Mail & Newsgroups improvements, including vCard support, an option to remove mail from a POP server after x days and a preference for placing the user's signature above quoted text when composing an email or newsgroup posting. In addition, there's backend support for anchoring the position of particular Navigator windows in stacked groups (the Window Layers extension provides a UI for this), Reload has been implemented in the View Source window and a new about:about URI lists the various about: commands.
Bugzilla 2.16.4 and Bugzilla 2.17.5 have been released. 2.16.4 is the latest stable update while 2.17.5 is the newest development version. In accordance with the Bugzilla Security Advisory for 2.16.3 and 2.17.4, all users are urged to upgrade. A new Bugzilla Status Update is also available.
Lindows.com has announced Nvu, a new Composer-based Web publishing application for Linux. Version 1.0 of the MPL/GPL/LGPL-licensed program is expected in the first quarter of 2004. Disruptive Innovations, the company started by ex-Netscape engineer Daniel Glazman, has been contracted to lead the development work.
The build requirements for Mozilla Thunderbird have changed.
Mozilla Firebird Installer
Windows installer nightly builds of Mozilla Firebird are now available.
Default Mac OS X Mozilla Firebird Theme
Kevin Gerich's Pinstripe is now the default theme for Mac OS X builds of Mozilla Firebird. As part of the change, tweaks and improvements have been made to Pinstripe, with Stephen Horlander providing a new set of icons. A screenshot of the new-look Pinstripe is available.
Mozilla Firebird Browser CVS Partition
The Mozilla Firebird partition in the CVS repository has been opened up to anyone with Seamonkey CVS write access. Up until today, permission to check in to the Browser partition was restricted to a small group of core Firebird developers, or peers. Now everybody that has been granted Seamonkey CVS write access can make changes to files in the mozilla/browser, mozilla/toolkit and mozilla/chrome directories, providing that their patches receive reviews from one of the Firebird peers first. The current peers are Ben Goodger, Blake Ross, Brian Ryner, Pierre Chanial and David Hyatt.
By setting the new
browser.download.finished_sound_url preference, it is possible
to have the Download Manager play a sound whenever a file finishes downloading
Support for new authentication systems can now be added to Mozilla by the use of plug-ins (bug 180049).
The way print preview is handled has been rewritten so that it can be used by any XUL application that uses the new toolkit.
On Windows, the (incorrect) usage of
<font face="symbol"> to cause text to
be rendered in Greek characters is now supported
Windows Mozilla Application Suite Builds
There have been no new Windows Mozilla Application Suite builds since October 28th due to problems with the build machine (bug 219936).
The trunk is currently open (but check tinderbox for the latest status).
Staff Meeting Minutes
Independent Status Reports
Third party updates from Sunday 9th November are now available.