Mozilla Firebird, Thunderbird Installers Are Here
One of the biggest drawbacks to both Firebird and Thunderbird is explaining their installation processes. Although I consider myself capable enough to install either, I am also keenly aware of the differences between alpha, milestone and nightly builds. Such-like has confused and will most likely continue to do so others who might be interested in a switch or two.
But what if there were a more familiar route to installation? One that would make Mozilla advocacy a bit easier, while making case arguments for a switch stronger? Now there is, for both the browser and the mail client!
The Firebird installer can be found here, thanks to seb. And (thanks to nth10sd) Thunderbird's installer is located here; with a mirror at Lycos in the case that either location exceeds allocated bandwidth.
Update: The Geocities Thunderbird installer mirror has been removed. Thanks for filling us in, nth10sd.
... a more familiar route to installation? ...
Now there is, for both the browser and the mail client!
The Firebird installer can be found ...
And Thunderbird's is located ...
It would be better if there were one installer program, which would give you the options of installing the browser (TAFKAP) and/or Thunderbird mail.
Better still, in the (near) future the installer should include options to install the Html Composer (++), Calendar, Address Book, etc.
(TAFKAP := The Application Formerly Known As Phoenix.)
Why not just download the entire Mozilla suite? It's currently (and should remain) available.
One of the reasons I use Mozilla Firebird/Thunderbird is the simple fact that I can customize both exactly how I want. With only those options that I desire.
I use netscape 7
While mozdev.org is down for maintenance, seb's installer should be available from the mozdev mirror network e.g.
The Geocities mirror has been removed.
For an updated list of mirrors, check out my blogsite:
The list of mirrors will be more up-to-date there. Meanwhile, a new mirror is at: (thanks to alex)
It is counterporductive to make it difficult to install Mozilla Firebird. I can download and unzip the files. Then I am lost. I am not a techy and do not want to be one. I just want my computer to work when I need it. There are lots of other browsers that are very easy to download AND install. Do you want people to use Firebird or to marvel at the fact they managed to finally get it installed? I do not want to help develope a browser. I do not want to improve one. I just want one that is easy to download, install and use. And I suspect there are many other people who feel the same. If you want Firebird to be a popular browser make it user friendly.
I used the installer for Firebird and it installed perfectly. Firebird and the plug-ins work well. Firebird is simple, fast and still versatile. I love the tab browsing feature. I did have Opera, but removed it after I got Firebird.
Thanks, Mike Calif.
It is counterporductive to make it difficult to install Mozilla Firebird. I can download and unzip the files. Then I am lost.
^ Thats all you have to do to install Firebird. It's crazy to think that unzipping a folder is considered 'harder' then running an installer!
But if you don't run an installer then newbies will be more confused when the time comes to install a plugin and the plugin installer (Flash, e.g.) doesn't know about Firebird. You have to manually select its plugin directory, but what newbie is going to know how to do that?
Official installers will be here soon, for both projects. Check the Firebird roadmap summaries for milestones 0.8 (Windows installer), 0.9 (Linux installer) and 0.12 (Mac OS X).
These installers will be generic, so they'll be applied to Thunderbird as well.
I installed THUNDERBIRD mail user agent yesterday. Great program. I've been a devoted user of PEGASUS email client for nearly 10 years, but I now predict that THUNDERBIRD will become my new "favorite" email client.