Review of Mozilla Sunbird

Sunbird is the new cross-platform calendar application from the Mozilla foundation. It is based around the existing Mozilla Calendar component and is the latest in a string of standalone applications from the foundation, which are gradually replacing the current Mozilla suite of applications. The aim of the project is to create a standalone calendar for someone who uses either Mozilla Thunderbird or Firefox as their email client or browser. Sunbird hopes to offer a reduced footprint and performance enhancement over the original Calendar component. Sunbird is still in the early stages of development and is certainly experimental software with version 0.2 having been released recently. Nonetheless Sunbird is a promising application for those of you already using Thunderbird or Firefox. A word of warning though, as of the moment Sunbird does not integrate with Thunderbird or Firefox. It is purely a standalone project, although this is one of the tasks to be solved in the near future.

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The conclusion is:
It must be seen then, that Sunbird is a promising application from the Mozilla Foundation. It is not a perfect application by any means but it has great scope for improvement alongside some already great features such as the webDAV server support. The real test for this application will be whether or not it is able to build upon its already solid foundation or whether it will only focus on quashing bugs to become a pure standalone version of Calendar. I heartily recommend that you give Sunbird a whirl if you already use Firefox or Thunderbird as it may just be what you were looking for.

September 05, 2004 11:12 AM | Posted in Mozilla


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Sunbird 0.2 hasn't been released.

Site icon Comment by Greg K Nicholson at September 5, 2004 04:59 PM | Permalink

There is a later (better) build than what the OSDir article reviewed. This latest build can be further "dressed up" with my testing/devlopmental .jar which uses the latest icons and logo.

Download links and instructions available at:

Comment by Mark Carson at September 14, 2004 12:36 AM | Permalink

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