Instantbird is participating in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) again this
year as part of Mozilla and we will be mentoring one student: Will
Nayes. The abstract for his project is:
Instantbird Account Import Wizard
When evaluating a new messaging client, the common frustration of
reconfiguring accounts and settings is difficult to avoid. To combat
similar issues, the developers at Mozilla have implemented account
import wizards in their Firefox and Thunderbird software packages. I
propose creating an Account Import Wizard for the IM client
Instantbird, which will provide users with a flexible way to import
profile data from existing messaging client installations.
Will is in contact with us via our IRC channel #instantbird (on
irc.mozilla.org) during the community bonding period. We’d love for you
to stop by and help welcome wnayes to our community. We’re extremely
excited to have Will working with us this summer!
We’d like to thank Mozilla for letting us apply to Google Summer of Code
with them! You can see all of Mozilla’s accepted applications on the
A lot has happened in the past two months since our last post: we’ve
been quite busy trying to fix the list of blockers for Instantbird
We’ve again joined Mozilla as part of their application for Google
You can see some of our ideas on Mozilla’s
(We should find out soon whether Instantbird will be doing any projects
or not this year!)
fixed. The behavior is mostly the same as the old libpurple
implementations, but there are differences. If you see issues, please
file a bug! This
will allow for better IRC support in the future.
- The tab completion algorithm has been made smarter:
- It now prefers the last person to have pinged you if there are
multiple possible completions.
- Addressing multiple participants is now handled gracefully.
- There is now a reading position marker to show which messages arrived
since you last viewed a conversation.
- Updated to Mozilla 11.
- A few crashers have been fixed.
What’s Coming Soon / Being Worked On?
What’s this I hear about Thunderbird integrating instant messaging code from Instantbird?
heard that instant messaging was recently added to Thunderbird. This
work was done by our very own Florian Quèze! Don’t panic though! This
doesn’t mean that Instantbird development is stopping, we strongly
believe there is a place for both a standalone instant messenger and a
more integrated approach with email. This is a mutually beneficial
relationship between Instantbird and Thunderbird where we share code,
benefit from more testing and get a set of new people — and ideas —
involved in making instant messaging easier and more about how you —
the user — wants it!
For those curious, approximately one-third of the Instantbird
codebase is now
Earlybird builds. Feel free to give it a try and file any bugs in
Currently it looks like this feature will likely appear in Thunderbird 15.
We’re getting close to the Instantbird 1.2 release and we think there’s
been a lot of great improvements that will make it easier and more
natural to instant message with your friends, family, co-workers and others!