Thunderbird

Note: While this post mostly pertains to Mozilla’s other project, Thunderbird I still felt it was important to post this here as to remind people that while Thunderbird is very different from Firefox, they are still both ‘interconnected’ within the Mozilla Foundation in regards to technical resources. Mitchel Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation has posted an update on her blog about Thunderbird. She assures us that Mozilla is not ‘dropping’ Thunderbird. But, at the same time it is no longer effective for Thunderbird and Firefox to share the same technical infrastructure. Firefox and Thunderbird have diverging needs. Firefox needs to move at the speed…

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Firefox 17.0.1 Released

Mozilla released an update for the desktop version of Firefox 17 on November 30th, 2012 with Firefox 17.0.1 to address these two issues: 17.0.1: Reverted user agent change causing some website incompatibilities 17.0.1: Font rendering issue in Firefox 17.0 bug 814101 Users should be prompted to update soon, or can manually check for update via Firefox Button > Help > About Firefox or download and install via the getfirefox.com site. Note: At this time there is not an update to Thunderbird 17.0.1.

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Blurry font issue

” Some users of the Firefox web browser have reported issues with blurry fonts after updating it to the latest release version Firefox 17.0. The issue seems to only affect users running the Windows operating system … “…Note that Thunderbird 17.0 is likely affected by the same bug as well. …” Temporary solution  ghacks.net/2012/11/24/firefox-17-0-1-to-fix-blurry-font-issue-in-the-browser/ Go get it.

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Make Thunderbird the chat powerhouse

“…Additional Chat Protocols for Thunderbird … is a new extension for the email client by Florian Queze, one of the developers of Instantbird, that adds several new chat protocols to the email client. The extension adds support for the following instant messaging protocols on top of what Thunderbird is supporting by default: AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise, ICQ, MSN, MySpaceIM, Netsoul, SIMPLE, Sametime and Yahoo. The add-on uses the Pidgin library for the functionality…“Select the account that you want to add to the email client, click on next and follow the wizard guiding you through the configuration of the chat account….”…

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Once in a while Firefox or Thunderbird does not close gracefully. This could be caused by the application crashing or simply the application didn’t do some “housekeeping” after it closed. You go to run Firefox or Thunderbird and you get the message it is already running, but it is not. The majority of the time, going into the Windows Task Manager via Control+Shift+Esc and clicking the Processes tab you will find firefox.exe or thunderbird.exe listed. Highlight the process and click ‘End Process’ and confirm. Once the process has been ended, you should be able to launch the application again. But what…

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Ubuntu will now track Mozilla updates

The Ubuntu developers are now tracking Mozilla’s rapid release cycle, releasing the updated version 8.0 of Mozilla’s Firefox and Thunderbird. Previously, Ubuntu distributions would have stuck with the major version they were released with, say 3.0, and only updated to the minor versions as they arrived, 3.0.1, 3.0.2 and so on… “ More  The H Open Source: News and Features ↑Go get it↓

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Revision to Starting with a Fresh Profile

Bad_Attitude commented about the Starting with a Fresh Profile post. They mentioned that they move their Greasemonkey and Stylish scripts as well. I am not really certain what percentage of Firefox users use Greasemonkey and/or Stylish scripts and didn’t even think about porting those over. I do use many Greasemonkey scripts and may be one or two Stylish scripts. So, I’ve added directions on how to move over your Greasemonkey and/or Stylish scripts. In the Starting Over section I’ve added a new step which involved installing and using the eCleaner add-on prior to installing new add-ons. Since users are porting…

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Add-on Compatibility Reporter Update

Add-on Compatibility Reporter has been updated to version 0.9.3 earlier today. This update addressees issues with the Add-on compatibility checking not being disabled when updating to Firefox 10 Aurora and/or Thunderbird 10 Earlybird builds. Simply go into the Aurora or Earlybird Add-ons manager, right-click on Add-on Comparability Reporter and select Find Updates. You can also update via AMO.

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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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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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