Mozilla Firebird 0.6 Released
Friday May 16th, 2003
At last, Mozilla Firebird 0.6 has been released! A lot of changes have been made since the last version of the browser — then known as Phoenix — came out in December. The most noticeable of these is a new default theme, based on Qute by Arvid Axelsson. The Preferences dialogue has been replaced with a redesigned Options dialogue and you can now clear your history, cookies, cache etc. with a single click. Many improvements have been made to the bookmarks system, including an IE-style context menu for items in the Bookmarks menu. In addition, this release includes Quality Feedback Agent (Talkback), allowing crash data to be sent directly back to the developers. Mozilla Firebird 0.6 also features many of the enhancements that have been made to the Mozilla Application Suite, including automatic resizing of large images to fit in the browser window and smooth scrolling.
Read the Mozilla Firebird 0.6 Release Notes for more information and grab a download from ftp.mozilla.org. Builds are available for Windows, Linux and now Mac OS X. As explained in the new Mozilla Development Roadmap, Firebird and its mail/news client sister Mozilla Thunderbird will become the focus of future development after Mozilla 1.4 is released.
#134 Search Box - why?
Tuesday May 20th, 2003 6:54 AM
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I can't really see the point of the search box. I find switching on Keywords and just typing in the url bar much easier - only one place to type! Mozilla's alternative to keywords was the search button, which again takes up less space than the search bar.
Of course in Firebird you have to reset the keyword url to the search engine of choice, as it is set to I'm Feeling Lucky at google (which I personally find a bit annoying).