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  1. Thunderbird 68.9.0 is a security and small bug fix release The team behind the Thunderbird email client has released Thunderbird 68.9.0 Stable to the public. Thunderbird follows the release schedule and versioning of Firefox ESR, Extended Support Release. Mozilla decreased the time between Firefox releases recently and that is the core reason why you see more Thunderbird releases coming out. Thunderbird 68.9.0 is already available. The email client's integrated update check should pick up the new version and offer it for download to users. Thunderbird users who don't want to wait this long can select Help > About Thunderbird to run a manual check for updates or download the new release from the official project website to install it manually. Thunderbird 68.9.0 The Thunderbird 68.9.0 release notes lists three bug fixes and security fixes. The bug fixes corrected the following issues in previous versions of the email client: An issue that prevented users from removing custom headers used for searching of filtering emails. The today pane of the built-in Calemdar was updated before all data was loaded. Unspecified stability improvements. Information about the security updates in Thunderbird 68.9.0 has not been released yet. The Security Fixes page lists Thunderbird 68.8.0 as the last version at the time of writing. The release is delayed usually to push updates out to systems before information about potential security issues is revealed to the public. The next major version of the Thunderbird email client will be released on June 30, 2020. Thunderbird 78.0 is a major release; it will make changes to the add-on system and will lead to add-on incompatibilities. Classic extensions won't be supported anymore and developers have to update the extensions so that the extensions remain compatible with Thunderbird. One developer decided to create a campaign on Kickstarter to gain enough funding to update Thunderbird extensions for Thunderbird 78.0 compatibility. The campaign was successful as the developer managed to collect more than $51,000 U.S. Dollars. Thunderbird 68.9.0 is a security and small bug fix release [ Front Page topic... Mozilla Thunderbird 68.9.0 ]
  2. Thunderbird 68.8.0 is out with bug and security fixes MZLA Technologies Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla Foundation, has released Thunderbird 68.8.0. The new version of the open source cross-platform email client is available for all supported operating systems. Existing users of Thunderbird may select Help > About Thunderbird to run a check for updates from within the client. The new version should be detected, downloaded and installed. New users and those who prefer to download and install updates manually find the latest version on the official Thunderbird project website. Note: Thunderbird 60.* installations will only be offered the upgrade to Thunderbird 68.* if the calendar extension Lightning is installed. A manual installation of Thunderbird 68 works in any case though. Some extensions may not be compatible with the new version. Thunderbird, which is based on Firefox code to a large degree, follows the release schedule of the Extended Support Release version of Firefox known as Firefox ESR. Thunderbird 68.8.0 is a bug fix and security release. The security advisory website lists six vulnerabilities in total that have been fixed in the new version. Two of the vulnerabilities have received the highest severity rating of critical. The other ratings are 1 high, 2 moderate, and 1 low. CVE-2020-12387: Use-after-free during worker shutdown (critical) CVE-2020-12395: Memory safety bugs fixed in Thunderbird 68.8.0 (critical) CVE-2020-6831: Buffer overflow in SCTP chunk input validation (high) CVE-2020-12392: Arbitrary local file access with 'Copy as cURL' (moderate) CVE-2020-12393: Devtools' 'Copy as cURL' feature did not fully escape website-controlled data, potentially leading to command injection (moderate) CVE-2020-12397: Sender Email Address Spoofing using encoded Unicode characters (low) The team lists six fixed bugs and issues in Thunderbird 68.8.0 that are not security-related on the release notes page. Two account manager fixes: the first corrects a text fields issue that displayed them too small in some cases. The second that the authentication method did not update when SMTP servers were selected. Links with embedded credentials would not open on Windows devices (e.g. https://username:[email protected]/) Thunderbird would sometimes sent messages with "badly formed addresses" when addresses were added from the addressbook. Screen readers were reporting too many activities from the status bar. Setting IMAP messages as read with "borwser.messages.updated" in extensions failed to persist. Source: Thunderbird 68.8.0 is out with bug and security fixes (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  3. Thunderbird 68.7.0 has been released The developers of the email client Thunderbird have released Thunderbird 68.7.0 to the public. The update for the stable 68.x branch of the email client is a maintenance update for the most part that resolves more than a dozen issues in the email client and improves MailExtensions support in the client. Additionally, it fixes security issues. Thunderbird installations that are already on Thunderbird 68.x will be upgraded to the new version automatically. Users may run a manual check for updates to get the update asap may select Help > About Thunderbird to get it downloaded and installed at that point. Thunderbird installations that are still on previous main versions won't be upgraded to Thunderbird 68.x automatically unless Lightning is installed. Thunderbird 68.7.0 The team continues to enhance MailExtensions support in the Thunderbird email clients. Thunderbird, which is based on Firefox, is undergoing the same architectural changes as the Firefox browser. The move has implications on extensions support and one of the main changes is that the next major version of Thunderbird, Thunderbird 74, will only support MailExtensions (similarly to WebExtensions in Firefox). MailExtensions are based on WebExtension technology but designed specifically for email scenarios. Thunderbird supports some WebExtensions APIs on top of that but core functionality for add-on developers is provided by MailExtensions APIs. In Thunderbird 68.7.0, MailExtensions now support RAW message source and to make messages as junk/not junk. The maintenance release fixes the following issues in the email client besides that: Exchange server account setup improvements. Fixed threads collapsing when opening news messages in a new window. Fixed add-ons not being updated automatically to new (compatible) versions after the upgrade from Thunderbird 60.x. Made the extra recipients panel keyboard accessible. Fixed status bar not being detectable by screen readers. Fixed a WebExtensions permissions issue when querying by folder name. Two Calendar fixes: cancelled events did not show with a strike-through and invitations with embedded null bytes did not always decoded correctly. The two security issues fixed in Firefox appear to be the same issues that Mozilla fixed in the Firefox 75.0 web browser release. You can check out the entire release notes of Thunderbird 68.7.0 here. Source: Thunderbird 68.7.0 has been released (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  4. Thunderbird 68.5.0 out with new features and security updates MZLA Technologies Corporation has released Thunderbird 68.5.0; this is the first release of Thunderbird under the newly founded parent company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mozilla Foundation. Thunderbird 68.5.0 is already available via the email client's built-in updating system but also as a direct download on the project's official website Thunderbird.net. Thunderbird users may select Help > About Thunderbird to run a check for updates from within the client. The new version should be picked up, downloaded and installed automatically at that point. A restart is required to complete the process. Thunderbird 68.5.0 Thunderbird 60.x installations are not automatically upgraded to the new version unless the calendar add-on Lightning is installed. The long-standing issue when upgrading from Thunderbird 60.x to 68.x has not been fixed yet. Installed extensions are not updated automatically during the upgrade process; this may be necessary for compatibility purposes and some add-ons may be disabled as a consequence. The integrated update check for add-ons will check for new versions of installed extensions after the upgrade however. The new version of the email client comes with two new features: Support for OAuth 2.0 authentication for POP3 accounts. Support for Client Identity IMAP/SMTP Service Extension Both extend compatibility and are welcome additions to the email program's list of supported features. The official release notes list four non-security fixes (three of which fix Calendar issues): Calendar: fixed option to remove color from for default categories. Calendar: fixed an issue that caused the calendar component to load multiple times. Calendar: fixed a bug that caused the Today pane's width not to be preserved across sessions. Fixed a status area bug that made it go blank during account setup. Additionally, Thunderbird 68.5.0 includes several security updates. The list of fixed security issues reveals high, moderate and low issues that the team fixed in the new release. Source: Thunderbird 68.5.0 out with new features and security updates (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann) [nSane Software & Updates post... MozillaThunderbird 68.5.0 ]
  5. Development of Thunderbird email client to be moved to a new Mozilla subsidiary named MZLA Technologies Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation announced today that it was moving the Thunderbird email client to a new subsidiary named the MZLA Technologies Corporation. Mozilla said that Thunderbird will continue to remain free and open source, but by moving the project away from its foundation into a corporate entity they will be able to monetize the product and pay for its development easier than before. Currently, Thunderbird is primarily being kept alive through charitable donations from the product's userbase. "Moving to MZLA Technologies Corporation will not only allow the Thunderbird project more flexibility and agility, but will also allow us to explore offering our users products and services that were not possible under the Mozilla Foundation," said Philipp Kewisch, Mozilla Product Manager. "The move will allow the project to collect revenue through partnerships and non-charitable donations, which in turn can be used to cover the costs of new products and services," Kewisch added. The Firefox browser, Mozilla's primary product, is also managed in a similar manner, through a corporate entity named the Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla almost abandoned Thunderbird a few years back Thunderbird getting its own corporate sub-entity under the Mozilla Foundation is a far cry from the project's past status. The email client almost died in 2012. At the time, Mozilla announced that due to a lack of funding it was stopping development on new Thunderbird features, committing to providing only security updates moving forward. Things hit rock bottom in December 2015 when the Mozilla Foundation announced plans to unload the project to a new entity. In 2016, Mozilla even carried out an audit [PDF] of possible new Thunderbird homes, identifying the Software Freedom Conservancy (manager of Git, BusyBox, Samba, and Wine) and the Document Foundation (managers of the LibreOffice office suite) as possible landing spots. However, the impeding doom of their favorite email client rallied the Thunderbird community. Donations flooded Mozilla throughout 2016 and 2017, and the foundation had a change of heart in May 2017, re-comitting to the project after seeing the community's willingness to provide financial support for the project. "Ultimately, this move to MZLA Technologies Corporation allows the Thunderbird project to hire more easily, act more swiftly, and pursue ideas that were previously not possible," Kewisch said about Thunderbird's new corporate entity. The project re-entered active development in 2017, and has received loads of new features, including a move to a new codebase.The current Thunderbird version is v68. It also recently announced it was adding built-in support for encrypted emails. Source
  6. Thunderbird add-on developer launches Kickstarter campaign to ensure continued compatibility The extension system of the Thunderbird email client is changing. The email client is based on Firefox code to a large degree and since Mozilla changed the extension system to WebExtensions, it was only a matter of time before Thunderbird's extension system would be switched over as well. The process started with the release of Thunderbird 68. Extension developers had to update their extensions so that users could continue to use them in the new version of the email client. Some extensions, those not updated by their developers, are not compatible with Thunderbird 68 already. The development team plans to finalize the add-on system changes in Thunderbird 78 (expected to be released in June 2020). The team notes that developers of legacy extensions have two options going forward: Convert the extension to a MailExtension. Convert the extension to a Web Extension Experiment. MailExtensions are WebExtensions but with "some added features specific to Thunderbird". Thunderbird developers should prefer the system "to ensure future compatibility". Thunderbird extension developer Jonathan Kamens maintains eleven add-ons for the email client currently. Extensions like Send Later, Reply to Multiple Messages, userchromeJS, or IMAP Received Data have either been created by him directly or taken over to ensure that they remain available for users of the email client. Kamens created a Kickstarter campaign to support continued development of the extensions and to ensure that the extensions will remain compatible with Thunderbird 78 and future versions of the email client. He decided to use a subscription model but with the option of acquiring a perpetual license for all current and future add-ons. Interested users may pay $5, $10 or $25 per year to gain access to one, three or all extensions for the period of 2 years. The perpetual license is available for $50 and guarantees access to all add-ons for one user (including new add-ons). Paid means that the extensions will no longer be available for free when Thunderbird 78 launches. Kamens notes that he would be pleased equally if other extension developers would take over some of the extensions to ensure that they remain compatible with Thunderbird 78 and future versions of the email client, and that this is also an option to keep these extensions free of charge. This Kickstarter campaign may actually help me find people willing to take over my add-ons and maintain them for free. If this campaign succeeds, and some of my add-ons do get adopted by new maintainers, then I'll pay them from the proceeds of the campaign. Having that on offer may help me attract new maintainers for my add-ons, so you may get to keep using the add-ons for free even after the licenses I'm offering in this campaign would have expired. With 56 days to go, €18,530 has already been collected. The goal of the campaign has been set to €45,340. Source: Thunderbird add-on developer launches Kickstarter campaign to ensure continued compatibility (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  7. Thunderbird 68.4.1 is a security update Thunderbird 68.4.1 was released a couple of days ago. The new version is a security update for the email client that patches a security vulnerability that is exploited in the wild as well as other security issues in the program. Thunderbird users who are running a 68.x version of the email client should receive the update automatically provided that automatic updating has not been turned off in the client. A manual check for updates via Help > About Thunderbird in the client should pick up the new update right away so that it can be installed. As far as security is concerned, Thunderbird 68.4.1 fixes a total of seven different security vulnerabilities; one of them rated critical, the highest severity rating, others high or moderate, the second and third highest severity rating available. CVE-2019-17026: IonMonkey type confusion with StoreElementHole and FallibleStoreElement CVE-2019-17015: Memory corruption in parent process during new content process initialization on Windows CVE-2019-17016: Bypass of @namespace CSS sanitization during pasting CVE-2019-17017: Type Confusion in XPCVariant.cpp CVE-2019-17021: Heap address disclosure in parent process during content process initialization on Windows CVE-2019-17022: CSS sanitization does not escape HTML tags CVE-2019-17024: Memory safety bugs fixed in Thunderbird 68.4.1 The critical security vulnerability is the same that Mozilla patched earlier this month in Firefox. Since Thunderbird relies on Firefox code, it is often affected by issues that affect the web browser. Thunderbird 68.4.1 comes with improvements in regards to setting up Microsoft Exchange servers. The development team lists better support for IMAP/SMTP, better detection of Office 365 accounts, and re-run configuration after password change. The new version of the email client fixes five issues that were detected in previous versions of the application: Fixed an issue that prevented attachments with at least one space in the name to be opened under certain circumstances. Fixed an issue that showed garbled content in the message display pane after changing view layouts under certain circumstances. Fixed an issue that caused tags to be lost in shared IMAP folders under certain circumstances. Theme changes to "achieve 'pixel perfection'". Fixed the event attendee dialog in calendar. Thunderbird users who run Thunderbird 68.x and have not updated yet to the new version are encouraged to do so right away to protect the client from attacks. Source: Thunderbird 68.4.1 is a security update (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann) [ News & Updates post here... Mozilla Thunderbird 68.4.1 ]
  8. Minimize Thunderbird to the system tray with ThunderBirdTray Mozilla threw a wrench in my plans to review a few Thunderbird add-ons that I liked, when the v68 update killed some legacy extensions. One of these was MinimizeToTray Reanimated, which was a fork of another add-on that stopped working a long time ago. That add-on put the mail client in the system tray. If you're like me, you've probably closed the application unintentionally at times, and missed important mails. This plugin was meant for users who prefer to keep Thunderbird running but out of the way when it is not needed. After stumbling upon Birdtray and TBTray, both of which are open source, I found a reddit thread by a user named AEGuardian. He mentioned that he wrote an open source application called ThunderBirdTray to address the problem caused by the broken MiniMizeToTray extension, and also to avoid disabling the Titlebar Tabs (which was a requisite for TBTray to work). Yes, it is not a Thunderbird extension, but a standalone program that works with the email-client. Extract the application's archive to a folder, run the ThunderBirdTray.exe, and you will see a Thunderbird icon on your system tray. If the email client wasn't running when you started the tray application, it will open it. Now, there is something you should know. ThunderBirdTray will exit if you close the email client normally. But it's not the other way around, i.e., exiting the program will not close the email client. If you want to prevent the tray application from exiting, you can optionally install an extension (explained below). Minimize on Close The name should tell you what it does, when you hit the close button in Thunderbird's window, the extension will minimize it. Hey, if the add-on does that, why shouldn't I use it instead of this tray program? The add-on will only minimize Thunderbird to the Taskbar, not to the system tray. That's why we need ThunderBirdTray (or another similar application). Wait, the email client is still displayed as an opened application on the taskbar. Right-click on the ThunderBirdTray icon and select "Show/hide Thunderbird". That should hide the program from the Taskbar, but only visually, it's running in the background. Speaking of which, the tray icon's context menu has a "Configuration" option that is grayed out. Perhaps, it may be available in the future when more features are added to the program. Double-clicking the tray icon opens/closes Thunderbird. Auto-Start with Windows You have two ways to start the tray application. The manual way is to use a shortcut. But you can set it to auto-start with Windows by placing a shortcut for ThunderbirdTray.exe in the Startup folder. C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup ThunderBirdTray does not display an unread message counter (Birdtray does). The program is written in .NET and is available in 3 portable versions, one of which is a self-contained archive, i.e., it works without the runtime installed on your computer. It's a straightforward one, so you don't have to configure the mail folders to be monitored like Birdtray. WARNING: Virus Total reports 3 detections for the NETCore version of the program, 1 for the .NETFramework version and none for the self-contained version. I scanned them with Windows Defender and Emsisoft Emergency Kit and found nothing harmful. A couple of other tray applications had similar detections, it's likely because they change the way the program works. It checks the running processes' windows to see if Thunderbird is in the list, and hides/shows it (refer to the Github page for the technical details). So, I'm fairly certain that the Virus Total reports are false-positives. But I wanted to mention it here anyway for your security. Since the application relies on Windows UI Automation APIs and not Thunderbird's extensions APIs, it is possible that it could be immune to further changes made by Mozilla. Source: Minimize Thunderbird to the system tray with ThunderBirdTray (gHacks)
  9. Thunderbird 60.9.1 and 68.2.2 have been released The Thunderbird development team has released two updates for the two supported branches of the email client. Thunderbird 60.9.1 and Thunderbird 68.2.2 are now available; both releases fix issues in the email client but don't introduce new features to it. Thunderbird is offered in two versions currently. Thunderbird 60.x is the classic version of the email client while Thunderbird 68.x is the new version that is based on new code and as a result not fully compatible with all extensions released previously for the email client. The team released Thunderbird 68 in August 2019 but did not include automatic update options from Thunderbird 60.x to the new version unless the calendar extension Lightning was installed. Thunderbird users may download the installer from the official project website to upgrade manually, but automatic upgrades are prevented unless the extension is installed. Some users noticed that the profile that they were using in Thunderbird previously was not loaded after they made the upgrade to the new version. The profile contains all configured email services, all emails, installed extensions, and any other user data such as information about changed preferences. Thunderbird 68.2.2 Thunderbird 68.2.2 fixes the upgrade issue that occurred when a 64-bit version of Thunderbird was upgraded from version 60 to 68. Then upgrading a 64bit version of Thunderbird version 60 to version 68, the existing profile wasn't recognized and a new profile was created. Note: If your profile is still not recognized, select it by visiting about:profiles in the Troubleshooting Information. The new version has two unresolved issues according to the release notes: Add-ons are updated automatically when Thunderbird 60 is upgraded to 68; this may disable some extensions even if compatible updates are available. Thunderbird users may open the Add-ons Manager to reinstall these if they are compatible with Thunderbird 68. LDAP lookup is not working when SSL is enabled. Workaround: Disable SSL or switch off option "Query OSCP responder servers" in the certificate settings in advanced options. Thunderbird 60.9.1 Thunderbird 60.9.1 is an automatic upgrade for the 60.x branch of the email client. The new version fixes an issue with Google authentication (OAuth2) which is used to authenticate Google accounts to integrate them into the email client. The version has two unresolved issues of its own according to the release notes. Both are long-standing issues and not new: Twitter is not working currently due to changes that Twitter made to the API. Windows network shares addressed via drive letters are addressed via UNC now. Closing Words Both updates are not really must-have updates unless you are affected by one of the issues that they resolve. If you noticed issues with Gmail accounts in Thunderbird you may want to upgrade as the new version may resolve those. Source: Thunderbird 60.9.1 and 68.2.2 have been released (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  10. Manage your Todo.txt with Thunderbird using this extension Remember our article about Todo.Txt? We told you how easy and efficient it is to create your very own cross platform task management and reminder file system. The beauty of the system is that you can use any text editor with it. But it doesn't stop there, if you are a Thunderbird user, there is another way to manage your Todo.txt right from the email client. The Todo.Txt extension requires the Lightning add-on for Thunderbird and access to your Todo.Txt and Done.Txt to work. The Done.Txt acts as an archive for your completed tasks, i.e, any task that you have marked as done is moved from the Todo.Txt to Done.Txt. You'll need to restart Thunderbird after installing the add-on. Once you have installed and restarted, click on the Calendar tab or Task tab and you will see a Todo.Txt calendar in the left sidebar. Personally, I prefer the Task tab since it displays the tasks in a better way. But before you start to use the add-on, you need to set a Todo.Txt file for the add-on to access. The extension can read tasks that you may have from your existing Todo.Txt so that your existing tasks may be displayed in Thunderbird. How to set the location of the text files in the Todo.Txt Thunderbird Extension Click on the Thunderbird menu > Add-ons > Todo.txt; this will bring the Todo.txt add-on's preferences window in to view. The page that opens allows you to select the location of the text files (todo and done). Use the browser button to pick the file from the local system. There are 3 other options on the page that are enabled in the add-on's settings. The first two let the add-on use Thunderbird's functionality and creation timestamp. The third option is to display the "Projects and Contexts" in the title. Let's go back to the Task tab; you should now be able to see the Todo tasks. Don't have any? Let's create one. Please refer to the previous article (linked in the first part of this post) regarding the syntax of Todo.Txt. Right-click on Thunderbird's main pane to create a new task and give it a title and use the syntax for setting a due date. For e.g., if I want to create a task called "An Example task"on my home computer and set tomorrow as the due date, it will look like this: An Example Task @HomePC due:2019-10-10. To mark a task as completed, click on the check box next to it and the add-on will archive it to the Done.Txt. You can also mark it as completed by right-clicking on a task. You can optionally add descriptions to the tasks, but remember these aren't part of a normal Todo.Txt. Similarly, you can also set due dates using Lightning's task editor, but I find it better to preserve the Todo.Txt format, especially if you're using it on other devices. That's it, the rest is up to you. Note: I wanted to write about this add-on earlier, when I wrote the article about Todo.Txt, but the add-on's compatibility with Thunderbird 68 was uncertain at that time. Thankfully, v2 of the add-on was released a few days ago to address the very issue. It is not available on the add-ons repository yet, the developer mentions that he has submitted to Mozilla for verification. I used the source code to build the current release from GitHub and tested it. The official version should be available soon. Source: Manage your Todo.txt with Thunderbird using this extension (gHacks)
  11. Mail client Thunderbird 68.2.0 is out A new version of the email client Thunderbird is now available. Thunderbird 68.2.0 was released on October 22, 2019 (the same day that Firefox 70.0 was released). Thunderbird installations that are on the 68.x version already should receive the update automatically; the development team notes that this is also the case for Thunderbird 60.x installations that have the calendar extension Lightning installed. Thunderbird 60.x installations without Lightning are not updated automatically to the new version at this point. It is still possible to upgrade but this needs to be done manually by downloading the Thunderbird installer from the official site and executing it on the local system. Users who upgrade to a 64-bit version of Thunderbird from a 32-bit version should have fewer issues, if any, when they do so. The development team notes that it may still be necessary to pick the right profile as a new blank profile may be created. Affected users may either load Thunderbird with the -p parameter to display the profile selector on start, or open about:profiles from Help > Troubleshooting Information. Note that Thunderbird 68 does not support all extensions that worked in previous versions of the email client. Thunderbird 68.2.0 is mostly a bug fix release. It does introduce support for the two WebExtensions APIs Message Display and Message Search but those are the only new additions to the email client. The APIs were added to newer development versions of Thunderbird but backported to Thunderbird 68.2.0. Message Display -- A message can be displayed in either a 3-pane tab, a tab of its own, or in a window of its own Message Search -- Gets all messages that have the specified properties, or all messages if no properties are specified. Improvements include a fix for Thunderbird not maintaining the application window size after a restart, mailing lists editing fixes, and better visual feedback for unread messages when the dark theme of the email client is used. The team lists two known issues in the new browser version: Names of standard folders are not localized when a language pack is used. The team promises that the issue will be fixed in the coming Thunderbird 68.2.1 release. LDAP lookup does not work when SSL is enabled. The team suggests to either disable SSL or switch the "Query OSCP responder servers" in the certificate settings to off. Source: Mail client Thunderbird 68.2.0 is out (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann) Front paged here... Mozilla Thunderbird 68.2.0
  12. Thunderbird to support OpenPGP encryption standard in 2020 The next major version of the open source cross-platform email client Thunderbird will support the OpenPGP encryption standard natively. Thunderbird users may use the extension Enigmail currently to use OpenPGP functionality in the email client; this adds encryption and digital signature support to the email client to protect emails from unauthorized access (emails are transferred in plain text by default). Jack Wallen reviewed Enigmail back in 2009 and I published an updated guide in September 2017 detailing how to encrypt emails in Thunderbird using Enigmail. The development team released Thunderbird 68 in August. Thunderbird shares code with the Firefox web browser and a consequence of that was that the team had to make changes to the extensions system just like Mozilla did when it released Firefox 57. Thunderbird 68.0 does not support certain types of classic extensions and the next major version of Thunderbird, version 78, finalizes the migration. One consequence of the move is that classic add-ons, Enigmail being one of them, won't be supported anymore in the new version of the email client. Some extensions may be ported while others may not as it depends on API support and a developer's willingness to migrate the extension. Enigmail is used by over 119,000 users currently and discontinuation of the extension would affect these users severely. The development team decided to explore options and one of them was to integrate the OpenPGP standard natively in the client; this would allow users of Enigmail to migrate to the built-in functionality and make encryption functionality available to all users of the email client. Thunderbird 78, which will be released in Summer 2020, will support native encryption. Enigmail won't be compatible with Thunderbird 78 anymore. The developer of the Enigmail extension agreed to work with the Thunderbird team to implement OpenPGP functionality in the email client. Enigmail users will get options to migrate existing keys and settings, and most things should work just like before. Whether indirect key ownership confirmations will be supported has not been decided yet. Thunderbird 78 "will encourage" users of Enigmail to perform ownership confirmations of keys and notify the user if the key of the correspondent changed. Encryption won't be enabled automatically for users who have not used Enigmail in the past but the team plans to integrate discovery options in the client. A wiki page highlights the plans in detail. Closing Words Thunderbird 78 will support native OpenPGP standard support; that is a good thing as it unlocks encryption options to every user of the client. The original developer will work on the integration and existing users may migrate to the native solution once it lands in Thunderbird. A few uncertainties remain as the development plan has not been finalized yet. Source: Thunderbird to support OpenPGP encryption standard in 2020 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  13. Quicktext for Thunderbird lets you create email templates and add them to your emails in seconds Quicktext is an add-on for the Thunderbird email client that lets you create templates that you may insert into emails at any time. If you send a lot of emails or reply to many in a day, you know how time-consuming it can be. However, if you use a phrase or paragraph multiple times, or respond to similar kinds of mails on a regular basis, Quicktext can help you save some time. QuickText It is an add-on for Thunderbird and here's how to use it. Quicktext is compatible with all recent versions of Thunderbird including the recently released Thunderbird 68.0. You may need to click on "versions" on the extensions page to list all available extension versions. Quicktext had a premium version at one point, but it no longer exists. The add-on was made open-source and was picked up by Mozilla's own Thunderbird Council who now maintain it. All features which were once behind a paywall, are now available in the free version. The add-on's Wiki/help section is kind of nonexistent. But Quicktext is actually quite easy to use. To get started with Quicktext, you will need to access the add-on's settings. To do so: Click on the "Write" button, and then on "Tools" in the composer window. Select Quicktext. You will see three tabs here: General, Templates and Script. The General tab has a few settings for the add-on. You don't need to do anything here at the moment. The Templates tab is the primary work-area of Quicktext. You can add groups and templates from this screen. You will need at least one group for the add-on to work. Select/create a group from the side-bar to add a template. Note: Groups are sort of like folders in which Templates are saved. The template editor can be used for customizing the templates using the following attributes: Title - This is for your reference; pick any title, e.g. Work, Events, Mission to Mars 2029. Content - This is the message snippet that you want to add quickly to your email. The content can be in Text or HTML. Variables - Explained below Shortcut- You can assign a shortcut to the template from 0-9, the template can then be quickly added to an email by pressing Alt + the selected key. Subject- Automatically add the custom subject content to the email Keyword - Similar to shortcut, but you need to type the word in the composer and press TAB, to add the template to the email. Attachments - You can select a file on your computer and the add-on will attach it to the email. About variables; let me explain how that works. Click on it and you will see various options (To, From, Attachments, etc). These contain tags which are used by the add-on to identify the relevant content from context and add it to the email. Here is a list of supported tags in Quicktext. In my example, I'm going to add a "Positive Reply" template for a group called "Press Contacts". I want Quicktext to automatically identify the recipient's name (from the To: address) and add it to the email, so I select Variables > To > First Name. Next, I type some text content. Finally, I select From > First Name as the variable, to make it get my name from the account settings. Quicktext for Thunderbird cheat sheet This is how the template will appear, it may not make sense now. But once you use it you'll see how it works. Hi, [[TO=firstname]] Thanks for the heads up, I'll send you a link to the article when it's published. [[FROM=firstname]] Let's say I'm sending the email from the above example to someone called John Smith, thanking him for sending me a press release. I open the Write window in Thunderbird and use the template called Positive Reply. This is what it will look like. All I had to do was select the recipient's email address and select the template. The email was ready to send in a split-second. You can use this for your own messages, all you need to do is set up the template and content accordingly. Tip: Click on the General tab in Quicktext Settings and enable the "View Quicktext-menu on right-click". This is incredibly useful for accessing the templates quickly. Ways to add templates saved in Quicktext You can use any of the following methods to add the templates: Right-click anywhere in the Write window, and select Quicktext > choose the template. Click on the Group name from the Quicktext toolbar (its just above the text field of the compose window) and select the template. Use the shortcut combo. For e.g. Alt + 1 Type the keyword and press TAB. If you have some coding knowledge, you can add custom scripts in Quicktext template editor's Script tab. Note: The FROM attribute has some issues, it wouldn't add my name even though it is saved in the account settings, and the vCard. Closing Words Quicktext is a super helpful extension for Thunderbird users who compose a significant number of emails regularly and if text is reused. It is great for business use as it speeds up the often monotonous process of writing emails or replying to emails, but home users may find the extension useful as well, e.g. to quickly add a snippet to emails. Source: Quicktext for Thunderbird lets you create email templates and add them to your emails in seconds
  14. Thunderbird 68.0 is out: major email client update The Thunderbird team has released Thunderbird 68.0, a new major version of the desktop email client that is going to replace the current branch Thunderbird 60.x in the long run. Thunderbird 68.0 is a major update that changes quite a few things; that explains why it is not pushed via the email client's automatic updating system at this point in time. Thunderbird users who are interested in the new version may download it from the project website to install it manually. Organisations may point the browser to the Thunderbird for Organisations page instead to download a MSI package or the 64-bit installer for Windows. Check out our guide on upgrading 32-bit Thunderbird to 64-bit if you still run a 32-bit copy. The team plans to push Thunderbird 68.1 via the automatic update systems. Note: it is highly recommended that you back up profile and data folders. If things go wrong, you may remove the new version, install the old again, and restore the backup. Thunderbird 68.0 The release notes list new features, changes, and fixes. One of the major differences to Thunderbird 60.x is that add-ons may only work if the add-on developers have adapted them. Any add-on that has not been adapted will be disabled when you run Thunderbird 68.0. While you can check that in a running copy of Thunderbird 68.0, you may also check the official add-ons repository to find out if installed extensions are listed as compatible with the new version of the email client. I don't run a lot of extensions in Thunderbird but all three installed extensions -- Compact Header, Manually Sort folders, and Subject Manager -- were disabled automatically after the upgrade to Thunderbird 68.0 because they are not compatible with the version of the email client. Another change in this regard is that Thunderbird 68.0 supports only WebExtension themes or dictionaries. As far as new features are concerned, there are quite a few: You may now install and use different language packs in Thunderbird. You need to set intl.multilingual.enabled to True first in the Options and may then select language packs in the advanced options of the email client. A new "mark all folders read" option for all email accounts in the right-click context menu. Downgrade protection to block profile access when earlier versions of Thunderbird are launched. You may override this by starting Thunderbird with the --allow-downgrade parameter. In chat, individual spellcheckers may be selected for each conversation. File link attachments can be linked to again instead of uploading them. Filters may run periodically and filter logging has improved. Support for Yandex OAuth 2 authentication. New Policy Engine using Windows Group Policy or JSON files. TCP keepalive for the IMAP protocol. Full unicode support for MAPI interfaces. Support for MAPISendMailW. Time Zone data in Calendar may include past and future changes. The list of changes and fixes is equally long. Noteworthy changes include that options are displayed in a tab and not window, that there is a new Hamburger menu to launch certain tools and run actions right from it, theme improvements including a dark message list and thread pane option, improved phishing detection for messages with "certain forms", and improvements to scam warnings. The auto-compacting thresholds has been increased from 20 Megabytes to 200 Megabytes but you can still change the value in the Options under Network & Disk Space. You can check out the full release notes here. Closing words I made the switch earlier today and like the new release even though it disabled all three extensions that I used previously. Thunderbird 68.0 feels a lot snappier and faster, and while that is certainly just my impression after a short period of use, it looks as if some of the performance issues could be a thing of the past. I'd still suggest to test the new release before making the switch especially if you rely on certain extensions. Source: Thunderbird 68.0 is out: major email client update (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  15. Thunderbird continues to be one of the most advanced email clients available for download on desktop platforms, and despite Mozilla originally planning to give up on the app, the company now wants to improve it substantially with updates released during the course of 2019. In an announcement published a few days ago, Mozilla says one of the areas where the development team would focus is making the application substantially faster. “This is an area where I think we will see some of the best improvements in Thunderbird for 2019, as we look into methods for testing and measuring slowness – and then put our engineers on architecting solutions to these pain points. Beyond that, we will be looking into leveraging new, faster technologies in rewriting parts of Thunderbird as well as working toward a multi-process Thunderbird,” Mozilla Community Manager Ryan Sipes explained in a blog post. Support for Windows 10 notification system Additionally, Mozilla says it wants Thunderbird to be more beautiful but also to support modern operating systems, including Windows 10. As a result, the email app will integrate the built-in notification system, in an effort to make Thunderbird feel more native on the desktop. At the same time, Mozilla wants Thunderbird to get support for the modern Gmail experience that’s already available on the web. “One area of useability that we are planning on addresssing in 2019 is integration improvements in various areas. One of those in better GMail support, as one of the biggest Email providers it makes sense to focus some resources on this area. We are looking at addressing GMail label support and ensuring that other features specific to the GMail experience translate well into Thunderbird,” Sipes explained. At this point, there’s no ETA as to when major updates would begin shipping, but it’s pretty clear that 2019 is going to be a busy year for the development team. source
  16. Thunderbird users who use a Master Password in the application to protect passwords may have been exposed to a password deletion issue in recent versions of the email client. The release of Thunderbird 60.3.3 fixes the issue on all affected systems. The issue was introduced in client version 60.0 released in August 2018. The major release introduced new functionality and made some changes to Thunderbird; one of those changes migrated the security databases key3.db and cert8.db used to store passwords and certificates to key4.db and cert9.db. Thunderbird installations affected by the issue had saved passwords and private certificate keys deleted. The issue affected installations with master passwords. Master Passwords are not used by default but may be enabled in the Thunderbird email client to improve security. Thunderbird users need to open Tools > Options > Security > Passwords to protect passwords with a Master Password. Just check the "use a master password" box on the page and follow the instructions to add it to the program. The development team notes that affected users may restore a backed up version of the databases to regain access to passwords and private certificates. How that is done is not mentioned, however. The backups, with the .bak extension, are listed in the Thunderbird profile folder. Affected users could rename the current file, e.g. key3.db, and rename the backup file key3.bak afterward. It is not clear if that is the method that the team suggests; make sure you back up all files before you proceed. Thunderbird 60.3.3 fixes three additional issues: Slow address book search and auto-complete functionality. Plain text markup did not work with non-ASCII characters. Links were not removed when a link location was removed in the link properties panel. The version of the email client has three unresolved issues: Issues when decoding messages with uncommon charsets such as cp932 or cp936. The team promises that this issue is going to be fixed in the upcoming Thunderbird 60.4.0 release. CalDav access to some servers is broken. Workaround is to set the preference network.cookie.same-site.enabled to false. Twitter chat is not working. Users who run Thunderbird may notice that it is not offered currently when they run a manual check for updates under Help > About Mozilla Thunderbird. The official download page on the project website lists 60.3.2 as the latest version as well. The new release is available on Mozilla's FTP though. Tip: Find out how to migrate from Thunderbird 32-bit to 64-bit. Note that Thunderbird is offered as a 32-bit version officially only currently on Windows. Source: Thunderbird 60.3.3 fixes password deletion issue (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  17. jasonliul

    SpeedyFox 2.0.6 Build 68

    SpeedyFox 2.0.6 Build 68 http://crystalidea.com/downloads/speedyfox.exe SeaMonkey browser support. SQlite 3.8.1 update
  18. hitminion


    Your Firefox/Skype/Chrome/Thunderbird is working slowly? Boost them all in a single click with SpeedyFox absolutely for free! You get: - Boost Startup in up to 3 times! - Speed-up browsing history - Overall quicker operation - Smaller profile size Version history: 2.0.4 - SQLite engine updated to 3.7.17 version 2.0.3 - Added Epic Browser support. SQLite engine updated to 3.7.14 version 2.0.2 - Fixed incorrect drawing of profiles tree with Windows themes turned off 2.0.1 - SRWare Iron and Pale Moon browsers support 2.0 - New awesome user interface; support Skype, Chrome, Mozilla Thunderbird profiles; custom profiles: drag & drop support; remember custom profiles, detailed optimization log, latest SQLITE engine 3.7.11 1.6 - Added option to run Firefox after optimization (also when running using command line). SQLite engine is updated to 3.7.4 version. 1.5 - SpeedyFox for Mac! Latest SQLite engine (3.7.3) support 1.4.3 - Latest SQLite engine (3.7.1) support 1.4.2 - Unicode profile/path names support 1.4.1 - Windows 2000 support, main icon display is fixed, small bug fixes 1.4 - Command line support, see menu Help->Command line syntax for details 1.3 - Better optimization (all databases), fixed issue of detecting if Firefox is running 1.2 - Ability to select custom Firefox profiles 1.1 - Portable and 5 times smaller executable 1.0 - Initial release
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