Mozilla Thunderbird 0.4 Released

Friday December 5th, 2003

Following two release candidates, the 0.4 release of Mozilla Thunderbird is now available. Thunderbird 0.4 features an updated look to Thunderbird's default theme, including a variety of new icons; better OS integration, cut and paste of images on Windows, and a number of bug fixes and other new features.

Builds are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, while other platforms and configurations should be available in the near future. The Thunderbird Release Notes have more information, along with the Thunderbird project page on

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by Malc

Monday December 8th, 2003 10:51 PM

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There's no reason why they couldn't hack it if they wanted to so that the other product launched via a hard-coded relative path, possibly configurable via about:config. There is zero need for a single monolithic process.

The Mozilla Suite should be a tightly integrated but de-coupled (!!) collection of independent apps that run in their own process space. Microsoft Office has no problems running in separate process spaces, and look how well integrated it is. KDE is a tightly integrated desktop environment, yet it doesn't force all it's apps in to one process space. The concept is just daft and was a huge architectual mistake by Netscape and then Mozilla.

When implemented properly, all the user should care about is that the right window appears when they click the right icon or URL - the rest should just be an implementation detail that the user need not care about. I want multiple processes so a crash in my browser doesn't kill the email I'm writing, and high CPU load in my email tool doesn't render my browser in operable. And no, threading doesn't cut it.