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a67a0f59 2 * Release Notes: SquirrelMail 1.2.0 *
815d9ba0 3 * The "And I Still Have Not Wrapped My Wife's Presents" Release *
a67a0f59 4 * aka the "Miriam Noel" Release *
815d9ba0 5 * December 25, 2001 *
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a67a0f59 8After a long wait, SquirrelMail is finally making a new major stable
9series release. The past year has been ANYTHING but uneventful for
10the SquirrelMail Project. This year has seen two leadership changes,
11the release of the 1.0 series, the 1.1 development series, and now
12finally the much awaited 1.2.0 release.
14In this edition of SquirrelMail Release Notes:
15 * All about this Release!!!
16 * Reporting my favorite SquirrelMail 1.2.0 bug
17 * Important Note about PHP 4.1.0
18 * Where are we going from here?
21All about this Release!!!
815d9ba0 23
24Being one of the most popular webmail clients, the developers of
a67a0f59 25SquirrelMail feel a huge desire and responsiblity to continue push
26the envelope and make SquirrelMail the best it can possibly be. You
27will not be disappointed with this release, as it is by far the most
28feature rich, and yet it is still the same sleak and unbloated and
29cuddly webmail application that we have all grown to love. Here is
30an uncomplete list of new features and enhancements since the last
815d9ba0 31stable release.
a67a0f59 33 * Collapsable Folders - The folder list can be collapsed at any
34 parent folder. This makes folder lists with large
35 heirarchital structures much easier to manage and navigate.
815d9ba0 36 * The Paginator! - This enables quick access to any page in the
37 message list by simply choosing the page number to view
38 rather than tediously clicking "next" 50 times.
39 * Hundreds of UI tweaks - The user interface has been given a
40 facelift. The HTML has been largely overhauled, and while
41 it still has the same general feel, it has been made more
42 intuative.
43 * Drafts - It is now possible to compose a message and save it to
44 be sent at a later date with the drafts option.
815d9ba0 45 * New Options Page - The options page has been completely
46 rewritten for several reasons, the main of which was to
47 allow seamless integration of plugin options and to
48 provide uniformity throughout the entire section.
49 * Multiple Identities - It is now possible to create different
50 identities (home, work, school) that can be chosen upon
a67a0f59 51 sending. Each identity can have its own email address,
815d9ba0 52 full name, and signature.
53 * Reply Citations - Different types of citations are now possible
54 when replying to messages.
55 * Better Attachment Handling - The plugin, attachment_common, has
56 been fully integrated into the core of SquirrelMail. This
57 allows inline viewing of several different types of
58 attachments.
59 * Integration of Several Plugins - The following plugins have been
a67a0f59 60 put directly into the core. As a result, be sure not to
61 install these as plugins, as the result may be (at best)
62 unpredictable: attachment_common, paginator, priority
63 printer_friendly, sqclock, xmailer.
64 * Improved support for newer versions of PHP. Note that you may
815d9ba0 65 have trouble if you are running PHP version 4.0.100
66 (commonly distributed with Debian 3.0).
67 * Ablity to mark messages as read and unread from the message listing.
68 * Alternating Colors - The message list now alternates row colors
69 by default. This presents a much cleaner and easier to
70 read interface to the user.
72Aside from these obvious front end features, there are hundreds of
73bugs that have been fixed, and much of the code has been optomized
74and/or rewritten. This stable release is far superior in all
75aspects to all previous versions of SquirrelMail.
77 Home Page:
78 Download:
79 ScreenShots:
a67a0f59 81
82Reporting my favorite SquirrelMail 1.2.0 bug
85Of course, in the words of Linus Torvalds, this release is
86officially certified to be Bug-Free (tm).
88However, if for some reason some bugs manage to find their way to
89the surface, please report them at once (after all, they ARE
90uncertified bugs!!!) The PROPER place to report these bugs is the SquirrelMail Bug Tracker.
94Thank you for your cooperation in that issue. That helps us to make
95sure that nothing slips through the cracks. Also, it would help if
96people would check existing tracker items for a bug before reporting
97it again. This would help to eliminate duplicate reports, and
98increase the time we can spend CODING by DECREASING the time we
99spend sorting through bug reports. And remember, check not only OPEN
100bug reports, but also closed ones as a bug that you report MAY have
101been fixed in CVS already.
104Important Note about PHP 4.1.0
107First of all, let me say that you all HAVE been warned: the
108SquirrelMail Project Team is not supporting PHP 4.1.0 for the 1.2.0
109release. Basically, SquirrelMail was in the final death throws of
110this development series when the witty PHP folks decided to make the
111release of 4.1.0. Of course, we greatly appreciate their hard work! :)
113However, we were too close to the end of this whole thing to be able
114to spend the week or two EXTRA that it will take to get SquirrelMail
1151.2.0 PHP 4.1.0 ready. This will, on the bright side, be a major
116priority amongst the team in the immediate future. At first look, it
117seems that 4.1.0 support should just require a collection of
118relatively minor tweaks. You can expect 4.1.0 support within 2-3
119weeks, as a part of a later 1.2.X release.
122Where are we going from here?
125After things cool down a bit and the smoke clears from 1.2.0,
126progress will begin on the Great SquirrelMail Rewrite, also known as
127the 1.3 development branch. This branch will eventually become the
128long talked about SquirrelMail 2.0. The major developmental emphasis
129for SquirrelMail 2.0 will be in making SquirrelMail more flexible
130and modular so that it might do a better job meeting the needs of
131our system administrators and end-users. We are greatly anticipating
132working in this area.
134At the same time, we will kick start the SquirrelMail Teams. For
135some time now, we have been planning a reorganization of the project
136into a variety of subteams. Each subteam will focus on a different
137aspect of SquirrelMail Project work. These teams will hopefully help
138keep the SquirrelMail project more on track and to provide some
139semblance of order. This project has grown so large in the past two
140years that an orderly structure is necessary if anything is to get
141done effectively. The teams (as planned) are as follows:
815d9ba0 142
143 Stable Series Team: Maintains the stable series
144 Development Series Team: Works on the development series
a67a0f59 145 i18n Team: Handles i18n (internationalization) work
815d9ba0 146 Plugin Team: Manages the mass of plugins
147 User Support Team: Helps users with their problems
148 Documentation Team: Manages the documentation
149 Evangelism Team: Spreads the good news of SquirrelMail
a67a0f59 151Teams will be led by one or two SquirrelMail team members. And team
152members can participate in as many teams as he or she desires.
815d9ba0 154For the next few weeks, the developers will be working on bugfixing
a67a0f59 155and making the 1.2 series rock solid. After that, about mid January,
156focus will shift toward getting the teams in gear and starting work
157on the SquirrelMail 1.3 development series.
815d9ba0 158
159 Have a Merry Christmas!
160 Happy SquirrelMailing!
161 - The SquirrelMail Project Team