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2 * Release Notes: SquirrelMail 1.2.4 *
3 * The "Dobby's Tears" Release *
4 * 25 January 2002 *
5 *****************************************************************/
7 Note: Please see the ChangeLog for 1.2.0, 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 bugs
8 that have been fixed in this 1.2.2 release.
10 Note: This release is a security fix. Fixes a nasty remote
11 arbitrary command execution vulnerability in the
12 spellchecker plugin. Upgrading is very much recommended,
13 also if you do not use that plugin.
15 Note: This is not the promised PHP 4.1 fix release. This one came
16 in between because of the urgency of the fix.
18After a long wait, SquirrelMail is finally making a new major stable
19series release. The past year has been ANYTHING but uneventful for
20the SquirrelMail Project. This year has seen two leadership changes,
21the release of the 1.0 series, the 1.1 development series, and now
22finally the much awaited 1.2 release.
24In this edition of SquirrelMail Release Notes:
25 * All about this Release!!!
26 * Reporting my favorite SquirrelMail 1.2 bug
27 * Important Note about PHP 4.1.0
28 * Where are we going from here?
29 * About our Release Aliases
31All about this Release!!!
34Being one of the most popular webmail clients, the developers of
35SquirrelMail feel a huge desire and responsibility to continue push
36the envelope and make SquirrelMail the best it can possibly be. You
37will not be disappointed with this release, as it is by far the most
38feature rich, and yet it is still the same sleek and unbloated and
39cuddly webmail application that we have all grown to love. Here is
40an incomplete list of new features and enhancements since the last
41stable release.
43 * Collapsible Folders - The folder list can be collapsed at any
44 parent folder. This makes folder lists with large
45 hierarchical structures much easier to manage and navigate.
46 * The Paginator! - This enables quick access to any page in the
47 message list by simply choosing the page number to view
48 rather than tediously clicking "next" 50 times.
49 * Hundreds of UI tweaks - The user interface has been given a
50 face-lift. The HTML has been largely overhauled, and while
51 it still has the same general feel, it has been made more
52 intuitive.
53 * Drafts - It is now possible to compose a message and save it to
54 be sent at a later date with the drafts option.
55 * New Options Page - The options page has been completely
56 rewritten for several reasons, the main of which was to
57 allow seamless integration of plugin options and to
58 provide uniformity throughout the entire section.
59 * Multiple Identities - It is now possible to create different
60 identities (home, work, school) that can be chosen upon
61 sending. Each identity can have its own email address,
62 full name, and signature.
63 * Reply Citations - Different types of citations are now possible
64 when replying to messages.
65 * Better Attachment Handling - The plugin, attachment_common, has
66 been fully integrated into the core of SquirrelMail. This
67 allows inline viewing of several different types of
68 attachments.
69 * Integration of Several Plugins - The following plugins have been
70 put directly into the core. As a result, be sure not to
71 install these as plugins, as the result may be (at best)
72 unpredictable: attachment_common, paginator, priority,
73 printer_friendly, sqclock, xmailer.
74 * Improved support for newer versions of PHP. Note that you may
75 have trouble if you are running PHP version 4.0.100
76 (commonly distributed with Debian 3.0).
77 * Ability to mark messages as read and unread from the message listing.
78 * Alternating Colors - The message list now alternates row colors
79 by default. This presents a much cleaner and easier to
80 read interface to the user.
82Aside from these obvious front end features, there are hundreds of
83bugs that have been fixed, and much of the code has been optimized
84and/or rewritten. This stable release is far superior in all
85aspects to all previous versions of SquirrelMail.
87 Home Page:
88 Download:
89 ScreenShots:
92Reporting my favorite SquirrelMail 1.2 bug
95Of course, in the words of Linus Torvalds, this release is officially
96certified to be Bug-Free (tm).
98However, if for some reason some bugs manage to find their way to the
99surface, please report them at once (after all, they ARE uncertified
100bugs!!!) The PROPER place to report these bugs is the SquirrelMail Bug
105Thank you for your cooperation in that issue. That helps us to make
106sure that nothing slips through the cracks. Also, it would help if
107people would check existing tracker items for a bug before reporting
108it again. This would help to eliminate duplicate reports, and
109increase the time we can spend CODING by DECREASING the time we
110spend sorting through bug reports. And remember, check not only OPEN
111bug reports, but also closed ones as a bug that you report MAY have
112been fixed in CVS already.
115Important Note about PHP 4.1.0
118First of all, let me say that you all HAVE been warned: the
119SquirrelMail Project Team is not supporting PHP 4.1.0 for the 1.2.0
120release. Basically, SquirrelMail was in the final death throws of
121this development series when the witty PHP folks decided to make the
122release of 4.1.0. Of course, we greatly appreciate their hard work! :)
124However, we were too close to the end of this whole thing to be able
125to spend the week or two EXTRA that it will take to get SquirrelMail
1261.2 PHP 4.1.0 ready. This will, on the bright side, be a major
127priority amongst the team in the immediate future. At first look, it
128seems that 4.1.0 support should just require a collection of
129relatively minor tweaks. You can expect 4.1.0 support within 2-3
130weeks, as a part of a later 1.2.X release.
133Where are we going from here?
136After things cool down a bit and the smoke clears from 1.2,
137progress will begin on the Great SquirrelMail Rewrite, also known as
138the 1.3 development branch. This branch will eventually become the
139long talked about SquirrelMail 2.0. The major developmental emphasis
140for SquirrelMail 2.0 will be in making SquirrelMail more flexible
141and modular so that it might do a better job meeting the needs of
142our system administrators and end-users. We are greatly anticipating
143working in this area.
145At the same time, we will kick start the SquirrelMail Teams. For
146some time now, we have been planning a reorganization of the project
147into a variety of sub-teams. Each sub-team will focus on a different
148aspect of SquirrelMail Project work. These teams will hopefully help
149keep the SquirrelMail project more on track and to provide some
150semblance of order. This project has grown so large in the past two
151years that an orderly structure is necessary if anything is to get
152done effectively. The teams (as planned) are as follows:
154 Stable Series Team: Maintains the stable series
155 Development Series Team: Works on the development series
156 i18n Team: Handles i18n (internationalization) work
157 Plugin Team: Manages the mass of plugins
158 User Support Team: Helps users with their problems
159 Documentation Team: Manages the documentation
160 Evangelism Team: Spreads the good news of SquirrelMail
162Teams will be led by one or two SquirrelMail team members. And team
163members can participate in as many teams as he or she desires.
165For the next few weeks, the developers will be working on bug-fixing
166and making the 1.2 series rock solid. After that, about mid January,
167focus will shift toward getting the teams in gear and starting work
168on the SquirrelMail 1.3 development series.
171About our Release Aliases - by Wouter Teepe
174Malfoy's house elf had been saying "Bad hole, bad hole", for a change
175to "Bad Dobby, bad Dobby". Konstantin lent him a sock. Although
176Konstantin is not Malfoy, the sock fitted over the hole, and we were
177all pleased. Even Dobby stopped crying.
179Enough Potterese. We're glad we fixed the hole.
182See for more details.
184 Happy SquirrelMailing!
185 - The SquirrelMail Project Team