Mozilla Sunbird

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Mozilla Sunbird
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Mozilla Sunbird.png
Mozilla Sunbird main window running under Windows Vista
Developer(s) Mozilla Foundation and community
Initial release 1.0 Beta1
Stable release 1.0 Beta 1 (March 30, 2010 (2010-03-30)) [±]
Preview release 1.0 beta 1 (March 30, 2010 [1]) [±]
Written in C++, XUL, XBL, JavaScript
Operating system 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, Linux, BSD UNIX, Mac OS X, Solaris, OpenSolaris and OS/2
Available in Multilingual,[1] EULA in English only[2]
Type Personal information manager
License MPL 1.1, MPL 1.1/GNU GPL/GNU LGPL tri-license
Website www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird/

Mozilla Sunbird was a free and open source, cross-platform calendar application that was developed by the Mozilla Foundation, Sun Microsystems and many volunteers.[3] Mozilla Sunbird was described as "... a cross platform standalone calendar application based on Mozilla's XUL user interface language."[4] Announced in July 2003,[5] Sunbird was a standalone version of the Mozilla Calendar Project.

It was developed as a standalone version of the Lightning calendar and scheduling extension for the Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey mail clients. Development of Sunbird was ended with release 1.0 beta 1 to focus on development of Mozilla Lightning.[6][7] As of 2014, the “latest development version” of Sunbird is still that 1.0b1 version from January 2010, and no later version has been announced. Unlike Lightning, Sunbird does not receive updates to its time zones database anymore.

Sun contributions[edit]

Sun Microsystems contributed significantly to the Lightning extension project to provide users with an alternative free and open source alternative to Microsoft Office by combining OpenOffice.org and Thunderbird/Lightning.[8] Sun's key focus areas in addition to general bug fixing were calendar views, team/collaboration features and support for the Sun Java System Calendar Server.[9] Since both projects share the same code base, any contribution to one of them is a direct contribution to the other.

Trademark issues and Iceowl[edit]

Although released under a MPL, MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-license, Mozilla Sunbird suffers from trademark restrictions that prevent the distribution of modified versions with the Mozilla branding.

As a result the Debian project created Iceowl, a virtually identical version without the branding restrictions.

Release history[edit]

Key:
Old Version Current Version Future Version
Gecko version Sunbird version Release date Significant changes
1.8 0.2 February 4, 2005
1.9 0.3 October 11, 2006 Calendar storage moved from flat .ICS files to SQLite
0.3.1 February 19, 2007 Timezones updated for DST change
1.8.1 0.5 June 27, 2007 Moved to Gecko 1.8.1 for added stability and includes support for Google Calendar via an extension.[10]
0.7 October 25, 2007 Cleaner user interface and additional functionality
0.8 April 4, 2008 International timezones, experimental offline support and task mode
0.9 September 23, 2008
  • Events spanning days now have a visual indicator indicating them as connected events.
  • When reloading a remote calendar a progress indicator is now shown.
  • The so-called "minimonth" (small calendar month in the upper left) has been given a visual overhaul.
  • The calendar views (day, week, multiweek, month) have been given a visual overhaul.
  • CalDAV support and interoperability with various CalDAV servers has been improved.
1.9.1 1.0b1 April 2, 2010
  • Multiple alarms can be defined for one event.
  • CalDAV support is improved.
1.0b2 June, 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunbird - International Downloads". mozilla.org. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Mozilla Sunbird End-User Software Licensing Agreement". mozilla.org. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  3. ^ Mozilla contributors list, Mozilla.org
  4. ^ The Sunbird Project - Standalone Calendar - Main project page describing the project.
  5. ^ Mozilla Sunbird Standalone Calendar Project Launches - MozillaZine Talkback - MozillaZine article announcing the Sunbird Project
  6. ^ Sunbird 1.0 beta1 Release Notes: "This is the last public Sunbird release by the Calendar Project." . Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  7. ^ Calendar Project at a critical juncture, Calendar Weblog. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
  8. ^ Paquet, Simon (2006-10-05). "Calendar Weblog". Weblogs.mozillazine.org. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  9. ^ "Interview On Mozilla Lighting and". Openoffice.org. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  10. ^ Philipp Kewisch (2007-05-20). "Provider for Google Calendar". Mozilla. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 

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