Bad News For Awesome Open Source Email Client Thunderbird, Mozilla May Fully Stop Committing To Thunderbird Development Future

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I’d used Thunderbird before now, but right now I’m using Apple Mail.  I had made a switch to Apple Mail from Thunderbird for two months or so just to test out how well Apple Mail would fair against Thunderbird.  Why not right?  After all, I love to try out new software anyway!  Anyhow, it turned out that I loved both email clients.  In another word, I don’t mind using Thunderbird or Apple Mail for a long period of time, because either one will totally satisfy my email routine.

In my opinion, Apple Mail is somewhat slower than Thunderbird in retrieving new emails, but it might not be true since I’ve not yet heard of anyone else is complaining of the same thing.  Nonetheless, I think the latest Apple Mail in Mac OS X Lion is aesthetically more pleasing than the latest Thunderbird (i.e., Thunderbird 13.0.1), but not by much since I do like the layout of the latest Thunderbird too.  On the flip side, Thunderbird appears to be more intuitive in term of application functionalities, but you may disagree.  With that being said, Apple Mail isn’t hard to use at all, and it does a really good job at recognizing the remote settings so you can set up email accounts fast.  Such remote settings would be something as IMAP settings.  Let keep this comparison short, I think you will do very well in aggregating email accounts and emails into one email client application with either Thunderbird or Apple Mail (i.e., Apple Mail is for Mac only).

Today, Cnet’s “Mozilla calling it quits on Thunderbird, report says” article suggests that Mozilla may eventually fade out their support for Thunderbird.  The article also suggests that Mozilla is hoping that there will be an open source community with similar technical know-how will step up and take over the development of Thunderbird.  This means Mozilla is planning to cut back resources on improving Thunderbird, and Mozilla hopes that others who may not be as dedicated as Mozilla once was for developing Thunderbird to continue the development of Thunderbird.  Cnet suggests that Mozilla is trying to use their talent resource smarter by transferring the Thunderbird’s talent resource to other projects that Mozilla deems to be more important than Thunderbird.

Personally, I definitely feel sad to see Mozilla may cease their development of Thunderbird.  Nonetheless, I know Thunderbird is an excellent email client which many people have been using to aggregate their emails, and so I have great hope that Thunderbird will be taken under the wings of talented people or group of people — who have the knowledge on how to improve Thunderbird — well into the future.  The worst thing that may happen to Thunderbird is it will be outdated and people will not use it anymore as not that many developers want to improve the original features or develop newer ones for Thunderbird.  Let hope the worst possible scenario will not come too soon for a great email client Thunderbird!


Mozilla Releases Firefox 8 Today

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I don’t want to repeat what others have already wrote about the release of Firefox 8 today!  I just want to emphasize that Firefox 8 is safer for users, but will be a pain for some application developers.  I’m not sure if that even sounds about right, because some web developers might not care.  Nonetheless, it’s good to know that users don’t have to worry how certain third party software they install onto their computers might automatically install toolbars and extra Firefox extensions without the knowledge of the users, because Firefox 8 will notify the users if they want to allow third party software’s extensions or toolbars to be added to their Firefox browser or not.

Mac OS X Lion’s users might be disappointed with Firefox 8 in one aspect.  It is that Firefox 8 isn’t yet added an easy button to allow full screen mode.  Unlike Firefox 8, Google’s Chrome 15 has visibly displayed two slant arrow heads button (i.e., one arrow head slants up and the other slants down) at the uppermost right corner so when users hit on it, Google’s Chrome will go into full screen mode instantly.  Of course, users can go into full screen mode with Firefox 8 on Mac OS X Lion by go to View > Enter Full Screen or using shortcut keys, but somehow it seems these methods are somewhat cumbersome.  In case non-mac users have no idea, full screen mode isn’t a big deal to Windows at the moment, but this feature is a big deal for Mac OS X Lion.

Firefox 6 Will Be Released On Tuesday

Just a slight improvement to Firefox 5, Firefox 6 wil officially be released on Tuesday.  The official release isn’t going to stop Mozilla to release the final code today through its FTP server.  You can try to look up for Mozilla FTP server somehow and download Firefox 6 before the official release of Firefox 6 comes out tomorrow.


BrowserID Promises One Login For The Whole Internet With Better Privacy Than Individual Login Services Such As Facebook

Mozilla is working on an authentication project which will allow users to remember one master password for all their login needs ever, and this project is known as BrowserID.  We’ve seen something similar to BrowserID before which is OpenID.  It’s sad to say that OpenID isn’t that popular even though it’s genuinely a good idea.  BrowserID is similar to OpenID, and so users can expect that they only have to sign up with BrowserID’s application once — BrowserID will take care the rest whenever they log into a website that is deploying BrowserID technology.  BrowserID works by recognizing users’ email addresses.  Therefore, the process of signing up with BrowserID requires users to verify if their email addresses are real.  Website owners have to install BrowserID technology onto their websites before regular users can take advantage of BrowserID.

One problem I see with BrowserID is that it requires the technology to be adopted widely by website owners.  If there isn’t enough website owners out there want to use BrowserID technology for authenticating their users, then BrowserID will become irrelevant.

BrowserID is still being developed while we speak, and so it’s in beta stage.  For whoever doesn’t know what beta means in software development, it means that something is still being developed and not yet ready to be released to the mass.  Mozilla has put up a short instruction for website owners to apply BrowserID technology for their websites in three easy steps at

It’s worth to mention that Mozilla claims BrowserID will provide better privacy than individual login/authentication services such as Facebook.  Facebook is a login service?  Yes, because many websites nowadays allow users to use Facebook’s credentials to log into their websites.


Firefox 4 RC Is Out, A Final Stretch of Testing Before An Official Version

Mozilla has released Firefox 4 RC (Release Candidate).  This means Mozilla is getting closer to release an official version of Firefox 4.  This is good news.  I assume everything I’ve mentioned about Firefox 4 on my blog is pretty much staying intact.  If anything, Firefox 4 RC has less bugs and more features than Firefox 4 beta’s versions.  So, make sure update your Firefox 4 beta to the RC one.  Of course, if you’re still using Firefox 3.6.x (i.e., the stable version), you can wait for the release of the official version of Firefox 4.  Still, Firefox 4 RC is as close as you get to an official version of Firefox 4, and so if you don’t want to wait, I recommend you download it today and give it a test drive!  Have fun browsing with Firefox 4!

Take A Quick Glance At Firefox 4 Beta 12, You May Like It So Much That You Skip Using The Stable Version Of Firefox

Recently, I’m testing out Firefox 4 beta 12, and I’m quite happy with it.  I feel that Firefox 4 beta 12 is actually better than the current stable version of Firefox which is Firefox 3.6.15.  In term of speed, Firefox 4 beta 12 is quite fast.  In term of eye candy, Firefox 4 beta 12 is indeed gorgeous.  Honestly though, there is one problem that Firefox 4 beta 12 has which needs to be fixed is that Flash tends to crash unexpectedly.  Then again, when the official version of Firefox 4 comes out, I think Flash will be secondary to HTML5.  I think eventually HTML5 will overtake Flash in various major functions such as playing videos and playing games inside browsers.  Can’t go too deeply into the topic of HTML5 vs Flash, because the topic in itself could fill up an entire  article.

In Firefox 4 beta 12, the tabs are more visible and prettier.  In case you don’t already know, Firefox 4 beta 12 has a feature that is catering to help you in organizing your tabs better.  This feature is known as Panorama or Tab Groups.  The Panorama (Tab Groups) button is a button/icon on the very top right, above the feedback button, and you can click on it to begin grouping your tabs.  It looks like a tile button.  If you’re using Mac, you can use the combination of buttons of [Shift + Command + e] to fire up the Panorama view.  For Windows 7 users, I think it’s the combination of buttons of [Shift + Ctrl + e].

How about multi-touch?  Yes, Firefox 4 beta 12 is supporting multi-touch, but your hardware must also support the multi-touch or else the feature is pretty useless.  Nonetheless, check out the video right after the break to see how one goes about using multi-touch with Firefox 4 beta 12 or whatever beta version of Firefox you’re using.

Even though Firefox 4 beta 12 is indeed a beta version of Firefox, it probably is more secure than Firefox 3.6.x.  It utilizes Compartments feature so memory is managed better, and in this sense it may offer better browser security.  Also, website owners can make use of HSTS feature so users of Firefox 4 beta 12 or later versions can automatically connect to https protocol for security purpose.

Yes, Firefox 4 beta 12 isn’t ready for prime time, because there are few bugs that need to be squashed.  One noticeable bug is Flash tends to crash unexpectedly.  Still, I think using Firefox 4 beta 12 is a lot more enjoyable than Firefox 3.6.x.  What do you think?