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2 * Release Notes: SquirrelMail 1.2.0 *
3 * The "And I Still Have Not Wrapped My Wife's Presents" Release *
4 * aka the "Miriam Noel" Release *
5 * 25 December 2001 *
6 *****************************************************************/
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?
19 * About our release Aliases
21All about this Release!!!
24Being one of the most popular webmail clients, the developers of
25SquirrelMail feel a huge desire and responsibility 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 sleek and unbloated and
29cuddly webmail application that we have all grown to love. Here is
30an incomplete list of new features and enhancements since the last
31stable release.
33 * Collapsible Folders - The folder list can be collapsed at any
34 parent folder. This makes folder lists with large
35 hierarchical structures much easier to manage and navigate.
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 face-lift. The HTML has been largely overhauled, and while
41 it still has the same general feel, it has been made more
42 intuitive.
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.
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
51 sending. Each identity can have its own email address,
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
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
65 have trouble if you are running PHP version 4.0.100
66 (commonly distributed with Debian 3.0).
67 * Ability 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 optimized
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:
82Reporting my favorite SquirrelMail 1.2.0 bug
85Of course, in the words of Linus Torvalds, this release is officially
86certified to be Bug-Free (tm).
88However, if for some reason some bugs manage to find their way to the
89surface, please report them at once (after all, they ARE uncertified
90bugs!!!) The PROPER place to report these bugs is the SquirrelMail Bug
95Thank you for your cooperation in that issue. That helps us to make
96sure that nothing slips through the cracks. Also, it would help if
97people would check existing tracker items for a bug before reporting
98it again. This would help to eliminate duplicate reports, and
99increase the time we can spend CODING by DECREASING the time we
100spend sorting through bug reports. And remember, check not only OPEN
101bug reports, but also closed ones as a bug that you report MAY have
102been fixed in CVS already.
105Important Note about PHP 4.1.0
108First of all, let me say that you all HAVE been warned: the
109SquirrelMail Project Team is not supporting PHP 4.1.0 for the 1.2.0
110release. Basically, SquirrelMail was in the final death throws of
111this development series when the witty PHP folks decided to make the
112release of 4.1.0. Of course, we greatly appreciate their hard work! :)
114However, we were too close to the end of this whole thing to be able
115to spend the week or two EXTRA that it will take to get SquirrelMail
1161.2.0 PHP 4.1.0 ready. This will, on the bright side, be a major
117priority amongst the team in the immediate future. At first look, it
118seems that 4.1.0 support should just require a collection of
119relatively minor tweaks. You can expect 4.1.0 support within 2-3
120weeks, as a part of a later 1.2.X release.
123Where are we going from here?
126After things cool down a bit and the smoke clears from 1.2.0,
127progress will begin on the Great SquirrelMail Rewrite, also known as
128the 1.3 development branch. This branch will eventually become the
129long talked about SquirrelMail 2.0. The major developmental emphasis
130for SquirrelMail 2.0 will be in making SquirrelMail more flexible
131and modular so that it might do a better job meeting the needs of
132our system administrators and end-users. We are greatly anticipating
133working in this area.
135At the same time, we will kick start the SquirrelMail Teams. For
136some time now, we have been planning a reorganization of the project
137into a variety of sub-teams. Each sub-team will focus on a different
138aspect of SquirrelMail Project work. These teams will hopefully help
139keep the SquirrelMail project more on track and to provide some
140semblance of order. This project has grown so large in the past two
141years that an orderly structure is necessary if anything is to get
142done effectively. The teams (as planned) are as follows:
144 Stable Series Team: Maintains the stable series
145 Development Series Team: Works on the development series
146 i18n Team: Handles i18n (internationalization) work
147 Plugin Team: Manages the mass of plugins
148 User Support Team: Helps users with their problems
149 Documentation Team: Manages the documentation
150 Evangelism Team: Spreads the good news of SquirrelMail
152Teams will be led by one or two SquirrelMail team members. And team
153members can participate in as many teams as he or she desires.
155For the next few weeks, the developers will be working on bug-fixing
156and making the 1.2 series rock solid. After that, about mid January,
157focus will shift toward getting the teams in gear and starting work
158on the SquirrelMail 1.3 development series.
161About our Release Aliases - by Paul Joseph Thompson
164Most importantly, this release of SquirrelMail is dedicated to my
165wife and the new baby that she had on 13 December 2001, Miriam Noel
168See for more details.
170 Have a Merry Christmas!
171 Happy SquirrelMailing!
172 - The SquirrelMail Project Team