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2 * Release Notes: SquirrelMail 1.4.0 *
3 * The "Long Time Coming" Release *
4 * 3 April 2003 *
5 *****************************************************************/
6
7In this edition of SquirrelMail Release Notes:
8 * All about this Release!
9 * A note on PHP 4.3.x
10 * Major updates
11 * A note on plugins
12 * Reporting my favorite SquirrelMail 1.4 bug
13
14All about this Release!
15=======================
16
17This is the first release of our new 1.4.x-series which is officially
18labeled STABLE! We've been through a long development trajectory
19which has resulted in this version. The big plusses of 1.4 over the
20previous 1.2.x series are enhanced stability, better compatibility
21with a wide range of mail/websystems, more features and less bugs.
22See the Major Updates section of this file for more.
23
24
25A note on PHP 4.3.x
26===================
27
28While the developers realize that PHP 4.3.x is the "latest and greatest"
29version of PHP to be available, SquirrelMail has not been extensively
30tested with it. We currently believe that SquirrelMail should work on
31PHP 4.3.x but we lack the experience with this new version to be
32absolutely sure. If you want to be safe, or experience problems, you may
33want to downgrade to PHP 4.2.x.
34
35
36Major updates
37==============
38
39The 1.4.0 series (as a result of 1.3 developent series) brings:
40
41* A complete rewrite of the way we send mail (Deliver-class),
42 and of the way we parse mail (MIME-bodystructure parsing).
43 This makes SquirrelMail more reliable and more efficient
44 at the same time!
45* Support for IMAP UID which makes SquirrelMail more reliable.
46* Optimizations to code and the number of IMAP calls; SquirrelMail
47 is now a very scalable webmail solution.
48* Support for a wider range of authentication mechanisms.
49* Lots of bugfixes, some new features and a couple of UI-tweaks.
50
51
52A note on plugins
53=================
54
55There have been major plugin architecture improvements. Lots of plugins
56have not yet been adapted to this. Plugins which are distributed with
57this release (eg. in the same .tar.gz file) should work. Plugin authors
58will need some time to adapt their plugins, so quite some plugins
59might not work.
60
61So if you have ANY problem at all, first try turning off all plugins.
62If one plugin seems to be the culprit, contact the author to see if
63a 1.4.x version is underway.
64
65
66Reporting my favorite SquirrelMail 1.4 bug
67==========================================
68
69We constantly aim to make SquirrelMail even better. So we need you to
70submit any bug you come across! Also, please mention that the bug is
71in this 1.4.0 release, and list your IMAP server and webserver details.
72
73 http://www.squirrelmail.org/bugs
74
75Thanks for your cooperation with this. That helps us to make
76sure nothing slips through the cracks. Also, it would help if
77people would check existing tracker items for a bug before reporting
78it again. This would help to eliminate duplicate reports, and
79increase the time we can spend CODING by DECREASING the time we
80spend sorting through bug reports. And remember, check not only OPEN
81bug reports, but also closed ones as a bug that you report MAY have
82been fixed in CVS already.
83
84If you want to join us in coding SquirrelMail, or have other
85things to share with the developers, join the development mailinglist:
86
87 squirrelmail-devel@lists.sourceforge.net
88
89
90About Our Release Alias
91=======================
92
93This release is labeled the "Long Time Coming" Release.
94I think you can figure out the meaning behind this yourself.
95
96
97 Happy SquirrelMailing!
98 - The SquirrelMail Project Team