ChatZilla for Mozilla Firebird

Friday July 11th, 2003

Erik Forsberg points us to a post from the Feedster Blog about ChatZilla for Mozilla Firebird: "I'm presently seriously in love with FireBird but also starting to be romanced by Chatzilla. Now Chatzilla, which used to come with Mozilla, is a FireBird extension and if you need it, look here." ChatZilla has been available for Firebird for a while now but many people still assume that it only works with the Mozilla Application Suite.

#1 Menu items

by alanjstr

Friday July 11th, 2003 10:29 PM

Last time I installed Chatzilla, it didn't add menus for Firebird. Either launching the chrome URL or clicking an IRC link works, of course.

Also, Chatzilla doesn't use the new XUL stuff yet, afaik. I believe I recently read it was still using the old XPFE.

#2 this is all wrong.

by CaptnMArk

Friday July 11th, 2003 11:05 PM

I don't think it should be a firebird extension, but a separate app instead... Just like the composer, ...

#3 Re: this is all wrong.

by tseelee

Saturday July 12th, 2003 1:02 AM

True...and wat about Thunderbird. That's a separate app, too.

#4 Re: this is all wrong.

by mlefevre

Saturday July 12th, 2003 5:43 AM

Well someone else could do it I guess, but the Chatzilla folks have said they don't want to make it a separate app until it can be done sensibly. Chatzilla is currently very lightweight - I believe it's all just XUL (XML, CSS, Javascript). To be a separate app at the moment, it would need to be made into a bulky executable, and would need a GRE.

Chatzilla as an extension is a 150KB download, while Chatzilla as a separate app would be 5MB. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to put work into doing that at the moment. When there's some way of just getting the GRE (which will eventually be shared by the different separate apps) and running the Chatzilla 150KB of stuff on top of it, then a separate app would be good.

#6 Re: Re: this is all wrong.

by GuruJ

Sunday July 13th, 2003 7:51 PM

Is Thunderbird planning to implement (or has it implemented) the same extension mechanism as Firebird?

I know there are people out there who are wanting to use Thunderbird without Firebird or Mozilla, so the ability to embed ChatZilla into Thunderbird as well would be a nice bonus...

#7 Re: Re: this is all wrong.

by rginda

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 11:07 AM

Yes, that is exactly the problem, see bug 206358 for more information.

#5 And this is news, how?


Sunday July 13th, 2003 11:26 AM

I've been using Chatzilla with FB/Phoenix since 0.1 or so... All you needed to do to start it after installing the regular chatzilla version was click a bookmark starting with irc://