Branch Cut for Mozilla Firebird 0.8

Wednesday December 17th, 2003

A branch has been created for the forthcoming release of Mozilla Firebird 0.8. The branch will allow Firebird 0.8 work to continue without the uncertainty caused by the daily changes made to the main Mozilla development trunk (currently frozen for Mozilla 1.6). However, critical trunk fixes will be merged into the new Firebird 0.8 branch.

Nightly builds from the branch will be available soon. They will feature a new mechanism for handling files served with a text/plain MIME type and new front end for XPInstall (the code used for installing things like extensions). Read Ben Goodger's post to the Firebird General forum for more information about the 0.8 branch.

#6 Awesome!

by Jimmy_C <>

Thursday December 18th, 2003 2:20 AM

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I don't know how they do it... Every Firebird release seems faster, yet with more and more and more features! I was generally pleased with Firebird 0.6.1 (remember that?), I figured that it only needed some polish but no new features. However, version 0.7 blew me away and I didn't think the developers could do it again. Boy was I wrong!

This newest version seems great! The new download manager is a nice improvement (visually, though not functionally) over the clunky sidebar. The integration of the JavaScript Console and DOM Inspector are nice additions (how about adding the Link Toolbar to completely complement Seamonkey's browsing features?), but the speed the this new beast boggles my mind! Firebird used to load under ten seconds on my machine, but this new monster takes under THREE! That's right, THREE! How the developers managed that without preloading (which Seamonkey and Internet Explorer use to "cheat" their startup times) is beyond me.

P.S. With all the work that Ben Goodger seems to be doing in Bugzilla lately, perhaps this release should be nicknamed Benbird? Good job!

P.S.2 Don't want to be a brown-noser, so I'll cancel my complement by saying that Goodger's ugly too! :-P