Archive for July, 2008

Firefox 3.1a1/Shiretoko Released

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 by El Guru in Blogs, CyberNet, Firefox, Fx 3.5, Mozilla News, Releases

When I had last checked the Mozilla Releases Calendar earlier yesterday, it had showed Firefox 3.1a1 (Shiretoko) wouldn’t be released until ‘Early August’. Well, Mozilla has turn around and already release the first developer’s milestone, Alpha 1. One of the ‘new’ features in Firefox 3.1 is the new tab switching interface (similar to the Control Tab add-on). I am also been reading, it is going to be much easier to remove bookmarks, history and/or tags from the Smart Location Bar (AwesomeBar) results. Firefox 3.1 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering engine.

Firefox 3.1a1 New Features:

Suggested Readings:

Download Shiretoko:

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Review: oldbar

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 3.0

The new and improved Smart Location Bar aka AwesomeBar displays the results a little differently than in Firefox 2. In Firefox 3 each result is displayed on two lines. The favicon followed by the page title in a larger font on the top line, followed by the URL in green below. In Firefox 2 the results were displayed on one line with the page URL followed by the page title. Click the samples below for full-size images:

Firefox 3 SLB
Firefox 3 Default: Smart Location Bar displays results on two lines: Favicon, Page Title; URL in green

Firefox 2 SLB
Firefox 3 with oldbar: Smart Location Bar displays results on single line: Favicon, URL, Page Title in grey

oldbar is for Firefox 3 only and is about 2K

Tweak: Fx 3 Address Bar

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 by El Guru in CyberNet, Firefox, Fx 3.0, Tips & Tweaks

One of the biggest changes to Firefox 3 is the Smart Location Bar commonly called the AwesomeBar. You are either going to like it or hate it as it is a major change as to how the address bar behaves in comparison to Firefox 2. I am not going to get into all the technical details as to how the Smart Location Bar works other than to say it displays the results based not only on addresses you have type previously (Firefox 2 behavior) but as well as browser history and bookmarks. For more detailed information on the technical workings and frequency algorithm of the Smart Location Bar see this CyberNet News article.

  • Bar Appearance – One of the first things you will notice is each result is displayed on two lines. The favicon followed by the page title in a larger font on the top line, followed by the URL in green below. In Firefox 2 the results were displayed on one line with the page URL followed by the page title. This new format may be a little easier to read, but takes up more room.
    • Oldbar – You can revert back to the Firefox 2 style by using the oldbar add-on (note this add-on only changes the display of the results, not the method the results are obtained). See Review: Oldbar for more information and samples.
    • Number of Results – By default the Smart Location Bar will display a maximum of 12 results based on what is typed in the address bar. You can increase (or in my case decrease) this number by going to a new tab and typing about:config; (if needed click the “I’ll be careful, I promise” button) filter for browser.urlbar.maxRichResults; double-click on the entry and enter the number of results you would like displayed.
  • Removing History and/or Bookmarks – Again it is important to understand the Smart Location Bar displays the results on not just previously typed URLs but your browser history and bookmarks as well. Note: If you make these changes, the Smart Location Bar will still display results on Bookmarks and History when you start typing in the bar, but then will automatically filter based on your settings once you add a couple more letters.
    • Remove History and Bookmarks– Like Firefox 2, you can setup so that the address bar only displays results based on addresses you have typed. From about:config filter for browser.urlbar.matchOnlyTyped; double-click on the entry to change it from ‘False’ to ‘True’
    • Remove Unvisited Bookmarks – Your displayed results will still include your bookmarks, but only those you have visited. From about:config filter for places.frecency.unvisitedBookmarkBonus; double-click on the entry and enter ‘0’ (note this is a zero, not an ‘O’). Restart Firefox and clear history.
    • Remove ALL Bookmarks – Your displayed results will only be based on your browser history as well what has already been typed in the Smart Location Bar. With about:config change the following entries to ‘0’ (note this is a zero, not an ‘O’ also be sure to Restart Firefox and clear history after making these changes):
      • places.frecency.unvisitedBookmarkBonus
      • places.frecency.bookmarkVisitBonus

Weekly Update: 2008-07-28

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 by El Guru in Mozilla News, Other

No Meeting Weekly Update Meeting Today

Mozilla Summit 2008

TBird

Next Meeting: Monday, August 4th

Release Recap: July Week 4

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2008 by El Guru in 3 (Shredder), Firefox, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Mozilla News, Thunderbird

Firefox 2.0.0.17 – No Info

Firefox 3.0.2 – No Info

Firefox 3.1a1 – Planned Alpha 1 Release was this Friday, July 25. Now showing as end of July. Beta 1 as early as August with final release by year end

Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 Released July 23rd

Thunderbird 3.0a2 – Code freeze occured on July 8th. Handed off to builds on July 16th. No other scheduling information available at this time

Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 Released

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 by El Guru in Mozilla News, Releases, Thunderbird

It has been nearly 3-months (May 1st) since there has been an update for Thunderbird 2. Today, Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 was released. Users will be prompted for an automatic update within the next 72 hours.Those wishing to upgrade now can do so via the Help Menu, Check For Updates option or by downloading the latest release at getthunderbird.com. Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 contains many security fixes and the full details can be found in the Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 Release Notes.

Weekly Update: 2008-07-21

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2008 by El Guru in 3 (Shredder), Firefox, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Mozilla News, Thunderbird

FIREFOX/GECKO

Fx 2.0.0.16 – Status: Released

  • Current Schedule
    • Code freeze: July 1
    • Builds start: July 2
    • QA starts: July 3
    • Release to beta channel: July 8
    • Final Release: July 15

Fx 2.0.0.17 – Status: In Triage

  • Current Schedule
    • Code freeze: TBA
    • Builds start: TBA
    • QA starts: TBA
    • Release to beta channel: TBA
    • Final Release: TBA
Fx 3.0.1 – Status: Released

  • Current Schedule

    • Code freeze: June 30th
    • Bake time: July 1st
    • Builds start: July 2nd
    • QA starts: July 3rd
    • Release to beta channel: July 8th
    • Final Release: July 16

Fx 3.0.2 – Status: In Triage

  • Current Schedule

    • Code freeze: TBA
    • Bake time: TBA
    • Builds start: TBA
    • QA starts: TBA
    • Release to beta channel: TBA
    • Final Release: TBA

Fx 3.1a1 – Status: Pending Release

  • Current Schedule

    • Code freeze: TBD
    • Builds start: TBD
    • QA starts: TBD
    • Release to beta channel: TBD
    • Final Release: July 25th
Firefox 3.1/Gecko 1.9.1 – Status: Pending Code Freeze
  • Alpha 1 Code Freeze on July 21st
  • Look here for interesting queries related to Gecko 1.9.1.
  • For a great update of what’s going on in Gecko, take a look at last week’s Gecko meeting notes. Highlights include:
  • Tracking 17 1.9.1 blockers.
  • 128 wanted bugs

    • 29 P1s. These are bugs we feel would really, really make a good release if we had a solid handful completed.
    • 39 P2s. These are medium complexity bugs/changes that are nice to have.
    • 31 P3s. The lowest priority bugs for this release. These are the ones that we will definitely take, but the others take priority.

THUNDERBIRD/LIGHTNING

Lightning/Sunbird (Calendar Project) – No Report

TBird 2.0.0.16 – Status: Pending Release

  • Current Schedule
    • Code freeze: July 1st
    • Builds start: July 9th
    • QA starts: July 10th
    • Release to beta channel: July 16th
    • Final Release: July 23rd

TBird 3.0a2 – Status: In Builds

  • Proposal for shipping Thunderbird 3.
  • we _think_ we’re ready to cut a branch, but our Mac builds are having issues, and we still need one to verify. Hopefully we’ll get that sorted out today.
  • Current Schedule
    • Code Freeze: July 8th
    • Builds start: July 16th
    • QA starts: TBD
    • Release to beta channel: TBD
    • Final Release: TBD

Complete Meeting Notes