Mozilla Sunbird Standalone Calendar Project Launches

Thursday July 17th, 2003

Henrik Gemal and Simon Paquet wrote in to tell us about Mozilla Sunbird, a standalone version of Mozilla Calendar.

Simon writes: "Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla Firebird get a new little brother: Mozilla Sunbird. Sunbird will be the standalone version of the Mozilla Calendar application.

"At this moment, there are no builds available, but evidence of Sunbird's existence can be found in these two checkins."

Henrik has a weblog posting about the new project.

#2 too soon?

by mlefevre

Thursday July 17th, 2003 6:47 AM

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Isn't a bit soon to be making this standalone as well?

I could be wrong, but I imagine if it is to be standalone, the download will be at least 5MB, as compared to 565KB for the calendar as an extension. If people did want Firebird, Thunderbird, "Sunbird", and Composer, they would be looking at downloading over 25MB of stuff, and installing 4 different versions of the GRE.

I guess having the option doesn't hurt anything much, but it seems to me that the Chatzilla folks have a better approach - make stuff work as a Firebird/Mozilla extension for now, and create something standalone in the future when the architecture allows something more sensible. With everything going off of their own accord, we get the negatives of having separate apps, with none of the positives of having what should be a shared back-end.