Download Thunderbird 3.0 Alpha 1 – Shredder

by on May 14, 2008
in Softwares

Mozilla has released the first Alpha release of the upcoming new version, of its popular desktop mail client, Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 (codenamed as Shredder). This latest alpha release was uploaded yesterday, on the Mozilla FTP site, and is now available for public download.

At the moment, only the US version is available on the FTP which is compatible on all supported operating systems i.e Windows, Linux and Mac systems. No word has been slipped out of Mozilla about the date of the final release. Since, this is just the first alpha, there won’t be any significant changes from Thunderbird 2, but it has been reported by Rumbling Edge that there are about 850 changes in this release. I’d recommend all to first back up your mails, and then install this alpha release.

You can download Shredder from the official FTP here.

Here are the release notes I found from one of the official sites.

Shredder Alpha 1 is built on top of the Gecko 1.9 platform, which has been under development for the past 33 months. Building on the previous release, Gecko 1.9 has more than 10,000 updates including some major re-architecting to provide improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability.

The main goals of this release is to find out about possible problems caused by the changes in the underlying platform. While much has changed in the underlying code, there are few new features in this release. Notable changes include:

  • The new Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) can now be used to download and install a Thunderbird customization from the hundreds of Add-ons available from our community add-ons website. When you first open the Add-ons Manager, a list of recommended Add-ons is shown. Note that few add-ons are compatible with this early alpha at the time of release, as add-on developers need to upgrade them.)
  • The address book can now read data from Mac OS X’s system Address Book, but that feature is currently disabled by default. To enable it, see this blog entry
  • New Crash Reporter (Breakpad) to report crashes in Thunderbird.
  • Searching bodies of messages no longer produces as many false positives and has become more accurate in some multilingual situations.
  • Improvements to our JavaScript engine have resulted in continued improvements in performance.
  • On the Mac, Thunderbird is now a native Cocoa application.
  • There is a version of the DOM Inspector that works for Shredder Alpha 1, available from Mozilla Add-ons.
  • There is a version of the Venkman debugger that works for Shredder Alpha 1.

Via [gHacks]