Sunbird Portable 0.2 Rev 5 and 0.3 Alpha 2 Released
Submitted by John T. Haller on July 31, 2006 - 1:10pm
Portable Sunbird is now Mozilla Sunbird - Portable Edition (Sunbird Portable among friends), and versions 0.2 Revision 5 and 0.3 Alpha 2 have been released. For the unfamiliar, Sunbird Portable is the handy Mozilla Sunbird calendar packaged with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your schedule and to-do lists with you. This new release adds in a ton of new features, including: the ability to run from a CD, in-place upgrades, lots of handy bug fixes, support for running within Wine on *nix and more. Read on for all the details...
Portable Sunbird becomes Mozilla Sunbird - Portable Edition
The first thing you'll notice is that the name has been changed from Portable Sunbird to Mozilla Sunbird - Portable Edition (or, Sunbird Portable, for short). Why the name change? As with the new Firefox Portable release, in working closely with Mozilla, we determined that a name that fully respected Mozilla's trademarks and branding was much more in order. The new name is meant to indicate that it is an official copy of Mozilla Sunbird within and that it includes add-ons by PortableApps.com that allow it to work its best portably.
So, what's new? Quite a few things:
Live/CD Support - Sunbird Portable supports running from a CD or other read-only media right out of the box. You just need change one setting to do it, too. Best of all, Sunbird Portable will even detect if you're running from a read-only location and offer to run locally, which is handy if you have a write-protection switch on your flash drive or memory card. Full details are in the support topic on Running from a CD.
In-Place Upgrades - Sunbird Portable now supports the ability to do what we're calling an "in-place upgrade". This means that you can extract it right over an existing installation of Sunbird Portable without losing any of your existing data and it'll Just Work. This will apply to future releases of Sunbird Portable as you'll still need to manually update due to the directory changes.
Wine Support in Linux/Debian/Unix - Sunbird Portable now supports the ability to download, install and run within Wine. That means you can run it right within your *nix of choice without any changes. You can even copy calendars back and forth to your local copy of Sunbird.
Two Releases In One
As with the recent Firefox Portable release, multiple versions are being made available: both the stable 0.2 release and the 0.3 Alpha 2 release for testers. You can grab either one from the Sunbird Portable homepage.
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