Lightning (software)

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This article is about the Thunderbird calendar extension. For the just-in-time compilation library, see GNU lightning.
Lightning
ThunderbirdwithLightning.png
Lightning 0.9 running on Thunderbird 2.0.0.19
Developer(s) Mozilla Foundation / Mozilla Corporation
Initial release 0.1
Stable release 3.3.1 (September 23, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-09-23)[1]) [±]
Preview release 3.6 Beta 1 (November 15, 2014; 36 days ago (2014-11-15)[2]) [±]
Written in C++, XUL, XBL, JavaScript
Operating system Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, others
Available in 50 languages
Type Personal information manager
License MPL 1.1
Website Mozilla Thunderbird - Lightning Calendar — Mozilla

The Lightning project, announced on December 22, 2004, and currently in development by the Mozilla Foundation, produces an extension that adds calendar and scheduling functionality to the Mozilla Thunderbird mail and newsgroup client and SeaMonkey internet suite. Lightning is an iCalendar compatible calendar.

Unlike the discontinued Mozilla Sunbird and Mozilla Calendar extension, Lightning aims to integrate tightly with Thunderbird.[3]

Lightning is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions for Windows, OS X and Linux.

Version 0.9 was the last planned release for Thunderbird 2. A calendar was originally to be fully integrated into Thunderbird 3, but those plans were changed due to concerns with the product's maturity and level of support.[4][5] Lightning 1.0b2 is compatible with Thunderbird 3.1, Lightning 1.0b5 is compatible with Thunderbird 5 and 6, and Lightning 1.0b7 is compatible with Thunderbird 7.[6][7] Lightning 1.0 was released to the public on November 7, 2011. It was released alongside Thunderbird 8.0. Since then, every Thunderbird release has been accompanied by a compatible Lightning point release.

Sun Microsystems contributed significantly to the Lightning Project to provide users with an alternative free and open-source choice to Microsoft Office by combining OpenOffice.org and Thunderbird with the Lightning Extension.[8] In addition to general bug-fixing, Sun focused on calendar views, team/collaboration features and support for the Sun Java Calendar Server.[9]

Version compatibility[edit]

Version of Lightning Release date Compatible version of Thunderbird Compatible version of SeaMonkey
0.1 2006-03-14 1.5 -
0.3.1 2007-02-19 1.5 - 2.0 -
0.5 2007-06-27 -
0.7 2007-10-25 -
0.8 2008-04-04 2.0 -
0.9 2008-09-23 -
1.0b1 2010-01-12 3.0 -
1.0b2 2010-06-24 3.1 -
1.0b4 2011-06-27 5.0 2.1 - 2.2
1.0b5 2011-07-29 5.0 - 6.0 2.1 - 2.3
1.0b7 2011-09-26 7.0 2.4
1.0 2011-11-07 8.0 2.5
1.1 2011-12-16 9.0 2.6
1.1.1 2012-01-05
1.2 2012-01-23 10.0 2.7
1.2.1 2012-02-03
1.2.3 2012-03-03
1.3 2012-03-09 11.0 2.8
1.4 2012-04-23 12.0 2.9
1.5 2012-06-04 13.0 2.10
1.5.1 2012-06-14
1.5.2 2012-06-21
1.6 2012-07-12 14.0 2.11
1.7 2012-08-25 15.0 2.12
1.8 2012-10-03 16.0 2.13
1.9 2012-11-14 17.0 2.14
1.9.1 2013-03-06
2.0b1 2012-11-29 (18.0) 2.15
2.1b1 2013-02-12 (19.0) 2.16
2.2b1 2013-03-06 (20.0) 2.17
2.3b1 2013-04-14 (21.0) (2.18)
2.3b2 2013-05-08
2.4b1 2013-05-24 (22.0) 2.19
2.5b1 2013-07-03 (23.0) 2.20
2.5b2 2013-07-08
2.6b1 2013-08-16 24.0 2.21
2.6b2 2013-08-29
2.6 2013-09-11
2.6.1 2013-10-13 24.0.1
2.6.2 2013-10-29 24.1.0
2.6.3 2013-11-19 24.1.1
2.6.4 2013-12-11 24.1.1 -
2.6.5 2014-05-13
2.6.6 2014-06-19
2.7b1 2013-10-17 (25.0) 2.22
2.8b1 2013-11-15 (26.0) 2.23
2.9b1 2013-12-19 (27.0) 2.24
3.0b1 2014-03-06 (28.0) 2.25
3.1b1 2014-04-24 (29.0) 2.26
3.2b1 2014-05-09 (30.0) (2.27)
3.3b1 2014-06-16 31.0 (2.28)
3.3b2 2014-07-10
3.3 2014-07-21
3.3.1 2014-09-23
3.4b1 2014-08-18 (32.0) 2.29
3.5b1 2014-09-23 (33.0) 2.30
3.6b1 2014-11-15 (34.0) 2.31

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lightning :: Versions :: Add-ons for Thunderbird". Mozilla.org. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Lightning :: Versions :: Add-ons for Thunderbird". Mozilla.org. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  3. ^ Lightning Project Launched to Provide Calendar Features for Mozilla Thunderbird- MozillaZine - MozillaZine article announcing the Lightning project and its aims.
  4. ^ "Lightning 0.9 Release Notes". September 23, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ David Ascher (February 18, 2009). "Lightning-in-Thunderbird status update". Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Lightning 1.0 Beta 2 and Compatibility". June 17, 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Lightning :: Add-ons for Thunderbird". July 29, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ Calendar Weblog
  9. ^ Interview On Mozilla Lightning and OpenOffice.org

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