Mozilla Links Newsletter – 8 – December 9, 2003

Mozilla Links – English Edition
Issue # 8 – December 9, 2003

Welcome back to Mozilla Links!

As you may know, currently in-development Mozilla Firebird and
Mozilla Thunderbird, are expected to become the main browser and
e-mail applications at some time during the first half of 2004. So you
may want to know that Mozilla Thunderbird 0.4 was just released. It
features bug (errors) fixes and welcome improvements like address
book Palm synchronization.

Mozilla Firebird, the wildly popular in-development browser, presented
also a new feature called Download Manager, similar to the one already
available in the Mozilla Application Suite.

For people looking for presents for this holiday season, consider
giving a copy of your favorite Mozilla products. You can buy the
Mozilla CD at or even burn it yourself. It’s not
every day you can give or receive the best of something as useful as a
web browser. Remember: no pop ups, tabbed browsing, no security flaws
and you can make it look and do exactly what you want.

As always, your comments are very much appreciated. Please send them

Percy Cabello
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Mozilla Links Newsletter – 7 – November 25, 2003

Mozilla Links – English Edition
Issue # 7 – November 25, 2003

Welcome back to Mozilla Links!

Our last issue called for your feedback to find out which e-mail
applications made up the 20% of respondants who answered “Other” in
our previous poll. Pegasus, The Bat, Incredimail, Ximian Evolution,
Courier, Pine, Novell Groupwise and Turnpike are the applications
cited. It seems there’s plenty of excitement in the e-mail
applications arena.

The new Mozilla website has been launched and it offers an even
clearer interface for users who like to keep updated with the most
recent releases, more information about the Mozilla community and its
products. The site also offers links to the Mozilla Links website
and the new Mozilla store, where you can get the Mozilla CD and
pre-order your T-shirt.

Our last poll, shows people really enjoy mastering the smart beast
called Mozilla as well as keeping abreast of current Mozilla
development. What other information or sections would you like to see
featured in Mozilla Links? Please let us know your suggestions by
sending an e-mail to .

Percy Cabello
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Mozilla Links Newsletter – 6 – November 11, 2003

Mozilla Links – English Edition
Issue # 6 – November 11, 2003

Welcome back to Mozilla Links!

On our last issue we asked which e-mail application (client) you used
to read this newsletter. A surprising 20% of respondants said they
use another e-mail client besides Mozilla, Microsoft Outlook, Opera
and Eudora and I wonder which could it be. So if you answer or use
another e-mail application, let us know which is it, and we will share
those names with other readers.

Recently two projects have called my attention. The first one is the
MozillaBook (, a project aiming to
create a Mozilla user guide. This will become an important
contribution to the Mozilla community, specially for those switching
from other browsers and other Internet applications. The second, Quick
Manager, improves two great Mozilla features usability, themes and
extensions; provinding a simple interface to browse and install
available ones.

As always, your comments are very much appreciated. Please send them

Percy Cabello
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Mozilla Links Newsletter – 5 – October 28, 2003

Mozilla Links – English Edition
Issue # 5 – October 28, 2003

Welcome back to Mozilla Links!

Past couple of weeks have been pretty interesting. Mozilla Application
Suite 1.5 was finally released with several enhancements like a
SpellChecker for Mail and Composer, the option to print the list of
attachments in an e-mail, the option to replace a set of tabs with a
bookmarked set, asking for confirmation before closing a set of tabs,
among the most welcome features. A complete list of new features can
be found here:

Preview technologies, Mozilla Firebird 0.7 and Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3
(stand-alone browser and mail/news applications, respectively) were
also released with several enhancements.

Also, a beta website was released for general feedback.
Visit it at: and submit your
suggestions and comments to

Mozilla CDs are available for ordering right now. Grab your copy for
US$3.95 (plus a really small shipping and handling fee):

As always, your comments are very much appreciated. Please send them

Percy Cabello
Mozilla Links

In this issue:

– Mycroft
– Find Texts And Links As You Type
– Block Even More Pop-Ups

– Mozilla Foundation Launches New End User Services Including CD Sales,
Telephone Support and Redesigned Website
– Mozilla 1.5 Released
– Mozilla Firebird 0.7 Released
– Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Released


4. MOZILLA PROJECTS: Firebird Help and Independent Status Reports

5. MOZILLA LINKS POLL: Favorite E-mail Applications


Featured Enhancement: Mycroft

Mycroft is a library of very small search engine plugins that you can
download and install into your favorite Mozilla browser to add native
support for your prefered search engine.

This way, you can quickly perform specialized searches for movies, song
lyrics, auctions, dictionaries or any other category available at
500+ searchable library featuring engines from all around the world. It
really enhance you web browsing experience and save a lot of time.

In Mozilla Firebird (technology preview) you can also access Mycroft by
clicking the icon in the search text box and selecting “Add engines …”.

Try them at:


Mozilla Links Tip: Find Texts And Links As You Type
(contributed by, edited by Percy Cabello)

Find As You Type is a simple built-in feature in Mozilla browsers that
lets you navigate through the links on the web page by typing in the
first few letters of the link. Click on a blank are in the webpage you
want to search and start typing in the name of a link on the page.

When a link is found, the status bar will show more information about
the link. Press Enter to follow the link. If there is more than one
link with the same name, press F3 or Ctrl-G (Shift-F3 or Ctrl-Shift-G
to move to the previous match) or to move to to the next link
that matches what you have typed. The backspace key works for erasing
your search term letter by letter.

If you just want to find text on the web page and highlight it, type
the slash (/) key first, then enter the text you want to find.

Check the full text of this tip at:


Mozilla Links PowerTip: Block Even More Pop-Ups
(contributed by Mozilla Firebird website,

Mozilla browsers have a built-in pop-up blocker that is activated by
default. However, they don’t stop web pages from opening in new windows
by using the target=”_blank” or the illegal target=”_new” properties.
To force such links to open in the same window, add the following code
to your user.js file:

// disable target=”_blank” (open in same window):
user_pref(“browser.block.target_new_window”, true);

Or, type about:config to access all available preferences. Locate
browser.block.target_new_window; double-click it and type “true”.


Need more tips? Try the TipBar Extension to get the Tip of the Day in
Mozilla Firebird. Grab it at

You can also visit for more fun tips for
your favorite browser.

Have a Tip or a PowerTip? Let other users know about it by sending it
to .

(contributed by MozillaZine, your source for Mozilla news and
advocacy. )

Mozilla Foundation Launches New End User Services Including CD Sales,
Telephone Support and Redesigned Website
On Wednesday 15th October, the Mozilla Foundation launched several new
end user services, including CD sales, telephone support and a beta
version of a new website.

Mozilla CDs cost $3.95 (plus $3 shipping and handling, with an extra
$1.00 charge for non-US orders) and include Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
versions of Mozilla 1.5 (with source code), Mozilla Firebird 0.7,
Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3, Camino 0.7 (Mac OS X only) and Bugzilla. For
$16.95, users can purchase an annual subscription, which will guarantee
them every major Mozilla release on CD for a year. Mozilla CDs can be
purchased from MozSource at CD order fulfillment is
handled by E-FLO, the same company that deals with the sale of Netscape
on CD.

Telephone support, available only for versions 1.5 and greater of the
Mozilla Application Suite, is provided in partnership with DecisionOne,
who also offer support for Netscape. Phone support costs $39.95 per
incident and can be obtained by calling 1-888-586-4539 from within the
United States. DecisionOne’s Mozilla support page has more information.
The Mozilla Foundation plans to begin offering email support once a
suitable partner has been found. A range of free community-based support
is also available.

A beta of the new website has also launched. The redesigned
site places a much greater emphasis on the needs of end users, with a
new central products section for getting the latest Mozilla releases.
Development information is still there but it’s a little more tucked
away. Most of the site has also been updated with a warmer and
friendlier look, with improved navigation that highlights the new end
user services.

MozSource Mozilla Store:

Telephone support:

New website beta:

Full story:

Mozilla 1.5 Released
On the same day as the Mozilla Foundation launched its new end user
services, Mozilla 1.5 was released. In addition to enhancements to
tabbed browsing, Mail & Newsgroups and the DOM Inspector, this milestone
also features many Composer improvements, including support for
absolutely positioned elements, better resizing for images and tables,
z-index management and a new snap-to-grid option. The ChatZilla IRC
client has been overhauled and now includes support for logging. Mozilla
1.5 also features a spellchecker, as well as improved standards support
and better performance and stability.

Mozilla 1.5 Release Notes:

Download Mozilla 1.5:

Full story:

Mozilla Firebird 0.7 Released
The latest milestone of the Mozilla Foundation’s standalone browser was
also released on Wednesday 15th October. Based on Mozilla 1.5, Mozilla
Firebird 0.7 features several enhancements, including support for
webpage content in the sidebar, a stylesheet selector and a better
Options dialogue. Some of these new features were examined in
MozillaZine’s August article on Firebird. Version 0.7 also contains
numerous other changes.

Since then, a minor update for Mac OS X has been released. Mozilla
Firebird 0.7.1 fixes several usability issues and significantly improves

Mozilla Firebird 0.7 Release Notes:

Download Mozilla Firebird 0.7:

Full 0.7 story:

Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1 Release Notes:

Download Mozilla Firebird 0.7.1:

Full 0.7.1 story:

Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Released
The third release of Mozilla Thunderbird, the standalone mail and
newsgroups client, is now available. Mozilla 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 0.3 Release Notes:

Download Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3:

Full story:

(contributed by Alex Bishop)

In addition to the recent releases of Mozilla 1.5, Mozilla Firebird 0.7
and Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3, the first nightly build of the standalone
version of Composer, Mozilla’s HTML editor, is now available for
Windows. It features customizable toolbars, a version of the Orbit 3+1
theme and a calendar smart widget:

All bugs in products are tracked using a system called
Bugzilla. Recently, a proposal for changing the organization of the
products and components in Bugzilla was published. The new plan calls
for the default assignees and QA contacts of the major products to be
changed to generic addresses, with all bugs that are not actively worked
on being eventually reassigned to Changes to the
hierarchy of categories, products, components and subcomponents are also
planned. The proposal document will be updated regularly:

Moving on to fixes for bugs themselves, cookies now use hashtables
instead of a sorted listed (bug 143939) and the cookie notifications
system has been reworked (bug 221185), improving performance. Meanwhile,
site icons are back on the Personal Toolbar in the Mozilla Application
Suite (bug 43687) and Camino’s bookmarks system has been rewritten (bug

Finally, the main development trunk has now been frozen for Mozilla 1.6
Alpha. Until the release of 1.6a, checkins to the trunk will be strictly
controlled, a measure designed to ensure quality. Check tinderbox for
the latest status of the trunk:

Full status update:

(contributed by Brian King)

Project of the Week: Firebird Help

Are you missing integrated Help in Firebird? Firebird Help is a project
aimed to fill this void by releasing an extension with a separate Help
Window and extensive content. Once installed, you can access it in
Firebird at the Help->Help Contents menu item. Features include a
Glossary, an Index, and a built in Search, all available from a Sidebar.
This is similar to the Mozilla Help window. Plans are in place to create
a similar extension for Thunderbird.

Check this and other Projects of the Week at:


Independent Status Reports

The independent status reports include news and updates from Mozilla
application and extension projects hosted on and elsewhere
in the Mozilla community.

The latest report was posted on October 26 and includes:

– EasyGestures, which adds UI with mouse gestures and customizable
actions, has just been released v2.0, It is a simplified and revamped
modification of the original radialContext extension, and combines
mouse gestures with a circular UI.

– MozillaBook, A Users Guide for Mozilla, has just reached version 0.2,
with 92 pages of content so far.

– QuickManager, where you can install and manage Extensions and Themes,
is now available for Firebird and Mozilla too and has some enhancements
in the new XPI.

– Mozile, an inline editor for Mozilla, has reached v0.52 released.
This release added improved configurability using an XML file and
rounded out webDAV and general file publication support.

– StumbleUpon, a toolbar to find and share great web sites, has released

–, the website, has been sluggish all week due to nearly
double the volume of traffic in a week. We are taking steps to batter
deal with this. Foul play has not been ruled out yet.

– Link Visitor, which allows you to mark link(s) as visited/unvisited
right in page, is at v0.30.

– Optimoz, optimizations (including gestures) for the Mozilla browser, has

released a major upgrade which is stable enough for day-today use. Many
enhancements and fixes are included since the last major release

Read more about each of these projects in the full report at


On last issue we asked if you regularly use Mozilla Extensions with
your Mozilla browser. The answer is an overwhelming 83% of Mozilla
Links respondants using one or more extensions.

27% Yes, 5 or more.
10% Yes, 4.
16% Yes, 3.
13% Yes, 2.
17% Yes, 1.
12% No, Mozilla does everything I need.
4% No, for other reasons.
(*) Results may not sum up to 100% due to rounding.

This week poll is: Which e-mail application you use to read this
– Web based e-mail client (Yahoo!, Hotmail and similars)
– Mozilla Mail Application (Mozilla Mail, Thunderbird or Netscape Mail)
– Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express
– Opera Mail
– Eudora Mail
– Other e-mail client software

Let your voice be counted at


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Mozilla Links Newsletter – 4 – October 14, 2003

Mozilla Links – English Edition
Issue # 4 – October 14, 2003

Welcome back to Mozilla Links!

Mozilla Links is now being translated into Italian, German and Dutch,
making Mozilla Links available in five different languages. If you would
like to help with translating the newsletter into your own language,
check for the Mozilla Links Translation Guidelines, at:

We are sorry to announce that the design contest for the Mozilla Links
logo and HTML layout has been canceled, due to low response. We are
currently working on a much requested new HTML format that will allow
a better presentation and functionality. Hopefully, you will be receiving
the newsletter in the new format within two issues.

We would like to thank David Boswell for his contribution to the Mozilla
Links newsletter. David, as an administrator or, the central
location for Mozilla applications and projects, was the regular reporter
on these project status reports. Due to time constraints, he is handing
this responsibility to Brian King, contributor of the Project of
the Week. Thanks to you both.

As always, your comments are very much appreciated. Please send them to

Percy Cabello
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