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Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Released

Wednesday October 15th, 2003

The third release of Mozilla Thunderbird, the standalone mail and newsgroups client, is now available. Thunderbird 0.3 features better attachment handling, performance improvements (particularly for IMAP users), support for placing your signature above the quoted message text if you prefer to top-post, and a new POP account option to remove read messages from the server after x days.

Mozilla Thunderbird is based on Mozilla 1.5 and can be downloaded from the Thunderbird 0.3 directory on ftp.mozilla.org. The Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Release Notes have more details and mozilla.org's new Thunderbird page contains more general information about the program.


#5 switching from mozilla

by stone

Wednesday October 15th, 2003 4:05 PM

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i belive both thunderbird and firebird have finally matured enough for the switch from the mozilla suite. the by far biggest problem concerning switching is importing the old mail accounts, adress book and so on.

for some reason thunderbird offers to import from every kind of program but mozilla/thunderbird settings and accounts, making the switch rather hard. these options should obviously exist, so that people can make the switch easier or use it to backup accounts for later import.

i found the adressbook was a matter of just replacing the abook.map file. accounts were harder though. my solution was to create new similar accounts, and then overwrite the newly created and empty files; 'draft', 'inbox', 'sent' and so on with the old ones, which seems to work very well.

0.3 does seem like a very good and stable release so far. however, handling import of mozilla/thunderbird settings really should be improved and incorporated into the program.

/stone