Experimental Mozilla Sunbird Build Released for Windows

Sunday August 10th, 2003

On Thursday, the first experimental test build of Mozilla Sunbird for Windows was released. Previously, only Linux binaries of Sunbird have been available. Sunbird is a standalone version of Mozilla Calendar, similar to Mozilla Firebird (the standalone browser) and Mozilla Thunderbird (the standalone mail and newsgroups client).

#1 Very nice

by bandido

Sunday August 10th, 2003 6:50 PM

Am glad Calendar has been ported as a standalone applicaion. Well done Mostafah and the rest of the developers at OEONE and others. Works fine for a 0.1 version.

But wow another bird and Mozilla is becoming an aviary (or a car dealer). Am not sure if there are any "bird" car left, so I propose Mozilla Hummingbird for Composer and Mozilla Rainbird for Chat.

BTW, Thuderbird is not using the standard convention of calling itself Mozilla Thunderbird. Is that a bug? It doesn't install by default in a Mozilla Thunderbird directory either. I think all Mozilla standalone apps should install in one directory called Mozilla with subdirectories named according to the distinct applications.

#5 Re: Very nice

by Woofer

Monday August 11th, 2003 1:21 AM

"... so I propose Mozilla Hummingbird for Composer..."

I think Hummingbird Limited ( would have a problem with that one. :)

If you are going to continue the bird theme, Composer should be renamed after some bird renown for its nest building capabilities.

#7 Very nice

by bandido

Monday August 11th, 2003 6:50 AM

Well the name would be Mozilla Hummingbird. ... But I am worried about some many confusing "bird" names even if they are used as code names for internal development, particularly now that mozilla is going to address the end users. I rather call Composer application Mozart. The whoile is a moor point anyway. if i recall correctly all mozilla apps will have very simple name: Moz Browser, Moz Mail, Moz Composer, Moz Calendar.

#10 Re: Very nice

by napolj2

Monday August 11th, 2003 11:20 AM

Maybe "Songbird" would be an appropriate name for Composer, although the name has been taken several times over already.

#11 Re: Re: Very nice

by wgianopoulos

Monday August 11th, 2003 11:41 AM

Well in really keeping with the same metphor for the name. Birds that are also the names of automobiles, perhaps it needs to be Mozilla Eagle or something.

#2 Curious about transition to GRE

by tseelee

Sunday August 10th, 2003 8:46 PM

I'm curious about whether it makes a difference for the eventual move to Mozilla apps running off a common GRE, if we pursue the standalone vs. Firebird extension approach.

#3 looks nice

by jilles

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:17 AM

I noticed two bugs in the profile creation. It doesn't display the last letter of name of the profile you type. The full name is used anyway. The second bug is that sunbird uses the phoenix profile directory (I suppose it is a bug for firebird as well that it still uses phoenix as the name for the profile directory).

Otherwise everything looks nice. I don't notice much difference from the extension version I tried last week.

On the whole, to be useful to me there needs to be some way to store the profile remotely on an ftp server.

#18 Re: Re: Very nice

by wgianopoulos

Monday August 11th, 2003 1:04 PM

well using phoenix for the profile directory is a very bad thing if you are trying to run both Calendar and Firebird at the same time becuase now you cannot launch them both simultaneously withour having 2 profiles and then have to answer lame pop-ups about which one you want to use a launch time. Please fix this to use a Sunbird directory before the next build.

#4 Changing themes

by krishy

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:45 AM

Am having problems in changing themes as well. The themes just don't change:( (yes, after the closing the starting again) Is this a known issue?

Anyway, thx for a wonderful product

#6 Throbber

by marc00s

Monday August 11th, 2003 3:48 AM

Nice work.

But, the throbber is too big, which makes other buttons in the toolbar look strange. ;)

#8 need fast download site for sunbird builds

by wgianopoulos

Monday August 11th, 2003 7:28 AM

Can we get the Sunbird builds onto the mozilla ftp site so that people with high speed conenctions don't have to wait so long for the download?

#9 Re: need fast download site for sunbird builds

by Tar

Monday August 11th, 2003 9:13 AM

How about adding a BitTorrent download option?

#12 Re: Re: need fast download site for sunbird builds

by tseelee

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:04 PM

Anyone can share the file on any network, but it might be nice to let them read about it first.

#13 Sunbird installer

by Netsabes

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:12 PM

I've made a Sunbird Installer (Windows) for this build. It's 1 MB smaller than the zip file, and available on mozdev, so downloading should be faster.

You can find it on

#16 Re: Re: Very nice

by wgianopoulos

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:26 PM

yes downloads at around 166KB/sec instead of around 0.1KB/sec.

#17 Re: Re: Very nice

by wgianopoulos

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:35 PM

yes downloads at around 166KB/sec instead of around 0.1KB/sec.

#14 ok, now for the art

by salmo

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:17 PM

I've loving Sunbird, although I'm still tinkering with WebDav to get my shared calendar working right. But I'd love to see a yellow flame or whatever instead of the Zilla head icon. Yeah and the throbber's frickin' huge, but I assume thats on someone's todo list. I've become hooked on the Firebird/Thunderbird combo on windows and linux. It's nice to be able to have the same apps everywhere I go. Now if I can get WebDav and LDAP up and running right, I can use the same apps with the same data anywhere (with a net connection). I shiver with excitement at the thought.

#15 oh yeah

by salmo

Monday August 11th, 2003 12:21 PM

Anyone know of any good LDAP + Mozilla Mail/Thunderbird tutorials on how to configure LDAP for this usage. So far everything I've been able to find is on general LDAP setup and on the Mozilla LDAP SDK. I'll figure it out eventually, but it'd be handy to have a nice example.

#19 New download site for Sunbird

by wgianopoulos

Monday August 11th, 2003 1:34 PM

This is an alternate site for downloading sunbird.

Mostafa asked me to post this for him as he is having difficulty getting his Mozillazine account activated.

#20 where?

by neilparks1

Tuesday August 12th, 2003 1:03 PM

I can't find the file in either location.

#21 Re: where?

by wgianopoulos

Tuesday August 12th, 2003 1:32 PM

I believe the ONLY distrbuiton that is still availalbe is the one with the installer mentioned above that is at:


#22 Re: where?

by wgianopoulos

Tuesday August 12th, 2003 1:34 PM

sorry that link is broken. Here it is again!

#23 Re: Re: Great!

by curtisjewell

Tuesday August 12th, 2003 8:21 PM

The first link works again... I'm downloading it now.

#24 Mac OS X version

by BjarneDM

Wednesday August 13th, 2003 6:54 AM

I'm at present trying to compile a version for Mac OS X, but I'm running into a serious config bug :

I'm at present trying to find a work-around

#25 Throbber Icon

by Daniel_L

Tuesday August 10th, 2004 3:24 AM

I really like the Calendar Project, but the new Throbber Icon does not look in combination with the modern theme (Mozilla Suite). It should be possible to optionally swith off the throbber icon (via user-files?).