Experimental Mozilla Firebird Builds Available

Saturday August 2nd, 2003

Two experimental builds of Mozilla Firebird have been made available to help test some new enhancements. The first build, available for Windows and Linux, introduces some improvements to the Password Manager backend, such as always encrypting saved passwords. Backing up your existing passwords file is strongly recommended before trying this build. See Brian Ryner's post to the Firebird Builds forum for more details about the Password Manager build.

The second experimental build, available for Windows only, features enhancements to the download handling and helper application functionality, with changes to make it easier to specify how different file types are handled. Ben Goodger's post has more information about this build and its download improvements.

Both builds can be downloaded from Do not report bugs in these builds to Bugzilla; instead add a message to the relevant topic in the Firebird Builds forum.

#1 Nice changes

by tomsommer

Saturday August 2nd, 2003 4:15 PM

Two very nice changes which improves Firebird a great deal.

#2 Enhancements

by ecmascript

Saturday August 2nd, 2003 7:33 PM

Any idea when download pause/resume will be added? It'd also be nice to see a downloads manager window added; the sidebar is too cumbersome on 800 x 600.

#3 No Mac

by the_Rebel

Sunday August 3rd, 2003 7:59 AM

I can understand why Goodger's expiremental build might be somewhat OS specific, but what is preventing the Password Manager backen from being compiled for Mac OS X?

#7 Re: No Mac

by AlexBishop

Monday August 4th, 2003 1:31 AM

I think it's mainly a build resources issue.


#4 Bundled Version

by LPetrazickis

Sunday August 3rd, 2003 11:18 AM

I understand those who like Firebird simplicity, but from my Opera perspective the default installation is woefully lacking in features. How hard would it be for someone to also put out builds bundled with as many of the available extensions as possible?:)

#5 There is a MozDev project...

by _rgw_

Sunday August 3rd, 2003 11:32 AM

In the future, the default installation should have some developer 'packs' and such, but until then check for a project called black diamond.

#9 Re: There is a MozDev project...

by gregoryk

Monday August 4th, 2003 3:43 AM

The BlackDiamond project is number 7 on the Mozdev Least Active List and includes the Firebird .5 release. That's not the best place to send people who want included extensions unless they also want bugs.

The best answer is that people should quit their whining and just get the extensions themselves.

It's not that hard to go to: or and install the ones you want.

#11 There is a MozDev project...

by _rgw_

Monday August 4th, 2003 9:23 AM

Yeah, I'm not a power-extension user so I didn't know how active black diamond has been over the last few months. Oh well.

#12 Re: There is a MozDev project...

by gregoryk

Tuesday August 5th, 2003 1:12 AM

A few minutes after I posted I realized that the Firebird Installer Project is an up to date (0.6.1) and has some good features included though I don't think it doesn't have any default extensions.

I haven't used it yet, so I can't really comment on it.

#6 future milestones

by pmsyyz

Sunday August 3rd, 2003 9:12 PM

Holy gayness: As we predict more work required for a 1.0 moniker than remaining milestones left, after Firebird 0.9 we will continue numbering in the 0.10, 0.11, 0.12... style.

#8 Extentions in Installation

by FireZilla

Monday August 4th, 2003 2:02 AM

Why can't they add a feature in the installation process that allows users to connect to the internet, check what extentions are available and install which ones they want while they install the browser. Shouldn't be too hard I have seen it done before and would be a great feature for Mozilla Firebird. It will also keep the installation file size down because the actual extentions will be kept online.

A whole lot simpler IMO and I think it will attract more users.


#10 ...

by pmsyyz

Monday August 4th, 2003 6:44 AM

Show a list of over a hundred extensions to a new user? Hmm, tricky.

#13 Re: Extentions in Installation

by kepardue

Tuesday August 5th, 2003 7:48 AM

I think a better idea would be to create an easy, intuitive Yahoo style directory site which features categorized extentions, similar to Extension Room, but categorized.


#14 Splash Screen?

by aaron

Tuesday August 5th, 2003 10:03 AM

I notice that it shows a splash screen! And you can customize it with mozillafirebird.bmp in the exe dir. But..... on my xp machine, the program crashes before the browser window loading up.... anyone else having this problem? Even tried it on a fresh profile and got the same results.