Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1 Released for Mac OS X

Sunday October 26th, 2003

A minor update to Mozilla Firebird 0.7 has been released for Mac OS X users. Version 0.7.1 is a recommended upgrade that fixes several usability issues and significantly improves performance. The Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1 Release Notes have more information. The new build is available for Mac OS X only from Starting with version 0.8, Mozilla Firebird will use Kevin Gerich's Pinstripe as the default theme on OS X. This theme is also available for 0.7.1.

In related news, the Mozilla Firebird Roadmap has been updated with details about the the plans for each milestone up to 1.0. The Mozilla Firebird 1.0 Charter has more general information about the project's goals.

#32 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: 0.8 is when it will start to g

by jgraham

Wednesday October 29th, 2003 10:52 AM

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They really should get together and talk. There are going to be a lot of annoyed people if an ~11Mb suite download is turned into a ~30Mb download of seperate applications (based on 5 apps with 5Mb of identical gecko code and an extra ~ 5Mb of app specific code), plus the same factor in disk space and memeory. Moreover almost no one is going to want to embed gecko if that entails distributing a full copy of Mozilla (which is what Epiphany and Galeon do). Without people willing to embed gecko, it's hard to see where developers are going to come from now that Netscape is dead and the Mozilla Foundation can only employ a small number of people.*

I know you know this, but it seems that the Firebird people have missed the fact that a lot of people in the user community have been waiting for the GRE thing to happen for quite a while now. If the FB and TB projects don't commit to using it then the problems will never be ironed out, which will always provide an excuse to wait longer.

* Yeah, I know a few other companies are employing developers. But I find it hard to believe that there are (for want of a better statistic) as many modules who's owner can devote a significant fraction of their time to the project today as there were a year ago.