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7: We now have a branch of the mozilla tree for Chimera. The Chimera tree is a branch
8: of the Mozilla 1.0 release branch. We will not be coming back to the trunk until
9: after Chimera 1.0 is released. This way we can guarantee stability in the layout
10: engine and mozilla tree while we hammer out the rest of the GUI and hone the layout
11: engine patches for ATSUI and plugins.
13: What this means is that you can now build Chimera without having to apply any
14: patches, since the Chimera mega-patch has been checked into the branch. We are
15: also now producing nightly builds, and we will have tinderboxen monitoring the
16: Chimera branch soon. Remember, although these nightly builds will have a version
17: number on the splash screen, they should not be considered to be official releases.
18: When you go to grab this most recent nightly, it's going to claim to be Chimera 0.3.
19: It isn't. It's just the latest snapshot on the way to 0.3. :)
21: You can grab nightlies from this ftp subdirectory.
23: <a href="ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/chimera/nightly/latest-trunk/">
27: With the advent of nightly builds (thank you Brian and Patrick!),
28: we will probably slow down the frequency
29: of milestone releases. Rather than releasing 0.3, 0.3.1, 0.3.2, etc. we will
30: probably just move to a milestone-driven model, releasing 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, and so
31: on up to 1.0 candidates.
33: Also, mozdev is no longer being used for bugs. Bugzilla is now being used
34: for bugs. <i>Do not file bugs in mozdev.</I> File them with
35: <a href="http://bugzilla.mozilla.org">http://bugzilla.mozilla.org</a>. Chimera
36: has its own product in bugzilla now. Do not file Chimera bugs on the Mozilla browser
39: I'd encourage people spamming the mailing list to check out
40: the message boards at <a href="http://chimera.eternaltedium.com">
41: http://chimera.eternaltedium.com</a>. The board there is well-organized, and I'm
42: reading that now instead of reading the mailing list, so I'm not even going to
43: see anything you post to the mailing list from now on. :)
45: That's about it.
49: Hey, Dave here. With all the silly rumors floating around, we figured it's time
50: to get another build out. This build contains new features (from Joe
51: Hewitt and Mike Pinkerton) and some plugin fixes (thanks Patrick!) and crash fixes.
52: Thanks to Brian Ryner for producing a new build with the mega-Chimera patch applied!
54: The 0.2.8 build is up on <a href="ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/chimera/releases/chimera28.dmg.gz">ftp.mozilla.org</a>. For
55: a list of what's new, check out the installation <a href="installation.html">page</a>.
58: What? You thought we'd forgotten you? Of course not! Chimera 0.2.7
59: is <a href="installation.html">here</a>.
62: Chimera 0.2.6 is out. It supports the OS home page and proxy settings.
63: You can also import bookmarks! Get it on the installation page.
66: Chimera 0.2.5 has been released. This build has greatly improved
67: plugin support. <a href="installation.html">You know the drill</a>.
70: Chimera 0.2.4 is available for download. This build is not for the
71: faint of heart. If you're brave, click <a href="installation.html">here</a>.
74: Chimera 0.2.3 is out! This build has working dropdown lists in Web pages,
75: so you're going to want this one! Get it from the
76: <a href="installation.html">installation</a> page. :)
79: Chimera 0.2.2 will be available at midnight tonight.
80: Get it <a href="installation.html">here</a>.
84: Chimera 0.2 is ready. Plugins didn't make the train but we do have
85: Quartz rendering and native scrollbars included! You can get Chimera 0.2
86: <a href="installation.html">here</a>.
89: Dave here with a progress update on Chimera 0.2. I've received
90: lots of emails asking when Chimera 0.2 is going to be released. The answer
91: is "When it's ready." :)
93: We are holding Chimera 0.2 for Quartz rendering and plugins.
94: After all, a browser just isn't a browser until
95: you can view the Star Wars Episode II Trailer in all its glory inside
96: your window (and have it surrounded by pretty antialiased text at the
97: same time). :)
99: We are also working on crashers and stability fixes, as well as adding
100: some of the most requested immediate features at the same time.
103: We are currently working on version 0.2 of Chimera. It should be
104: coming your way fairly soon.
106: I received feedback from loyal Omniweb users requesting that I produce
107: numbers using the latest Sneakypeeks rather than 4.1b1. I was told that
108: the latest SP was substantially faster. That is absolutely true. Check
109: out Omniweb's improved numbers in the page load tests
110: <a href="showdown.html">here</a>.
112: I also received feedback from iCab users asking me to run
113: iCab through the page load tests. I should clarify why iCab was
114: left out of the tests. The problem with iCab is that it does not wait
115: until images on a page have loaded before it claims that the page is
116: fully loaded. This means that the numbers that it scores on the test
117: are inaccurate, because they don't include the time for loading images.
118: This is in direct violation of the specified behavior for load handlers,
119: so iCab was disqualified from all tests.
122: Version 0.1.3 of Chimera is now available for download.
123: It contains support for security (SSL, HTTPS, etc.) as well as
124: support for alerts and user/password prompts, and some more crash
125: fixes. This build is also 5% faster than 0.1.2. :)
127: You can download it from the installation page.
130: For the curious, I have posted the results of a browser showdown
131: between the major OS X browsers. The clear speed winner? Chimera, of
132: course! Check out the details <a href="showdown.html">here</a>!.
133: Of course all we do is speed right now, so until we're a full-featured
134: browser, take this with a grain of salt. :)
136: Version 0.12 of Chimera is now available for download. As per your
137: feedback, it is a disk
138: image (and does not use the .pkg installer). You can download it
139: <a href="http://homepage.mac.com/macserv/downloads/chimera12.dmg.gz">here</a>.
141: This build of Chimera contains the following improvements over 0.11:
143: <li>Scroll wheel support
144: <li>Support for key events (so you can type/scroll/submit forms etc.)
145: <li>Support for hover feedback and cursor feedback
146: <li>Many crash fixes
147: <li>Improved scrolling speed (yes, ma, we blit now)
150: Quartz rendering is getting closer to being a reality, but it's not quite
151: there yet. Maybe for 0.2. :)
153: Enjoy! Feedback/comments are always welcome on the mailing
154: list. This build specifically addresses the top initial complaints about
155: Chimera. Let us know what we're doing wrong (and right), so we can make
156: the best OS X browser out there! :)
159: Version 0.11 of Chimera is now available for download. For those of you
160: using 0.1, 0.11 is 33% faster! :) You can download this build
161: <a href="http://homepage.mac.com/macserv/downloads/chimera-0.11.tar.gz">here</a>.
164: The tab browser is up and limping in Chimera. We also have our first
165: downloadable build available. You can fetch that
166: <a href="http://homepage.mac.com/macserv/downloads/chimera-0.1.tar.gz">here</a>. It really isn't
167: usable yet, but enough people seem to want to play with
168: builds anyway. :)
171: Bookmarks are online in Chimera. They can be accessed from the bookmarks
172: sidebar panel and from the top-level menu. You can add and delete
174: The status bar is now live and updates when the page loads.
178: Chimera is coming along quite nicely! We have icons for all of the
179: toolbar buttons (and they're all hooked up). Printing works, and
180: we have cache and global history hooked up.
182: Everything in the File menu is implemented. This includes the ability
183: to open and close windows, to open files, to open a web location,
184: to work offline and online, and to save Web pages, both in a complete
185: form (including images) or in a simple form (source only).
188: This is the project page for <b>Chimera</b>, a new project aimed at
189: delivering a best-of-breed browser on the OS X platform. Chimera
190: uses <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/ports/fizzilla/Cocoazilla.html">
191: Cocoazilla</a>, a variant of <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/ports/fizzilla/">
192: Fizzilla</a> that consists of a UNIX back end wed to a Cocoa front end.
194: The cross-platform UI will be replaced with native Cocoa widgetry (such as
195: customizable toolbars and a drawer for the sidebar). The plan is to
196: produce only a browser (no other apps!), and to keep the UI as simple
197: and as clean as possible.
199: Current project contributors include myself (email@example.com) and
200: Matt Judy (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are interested in getting
201: involved, contact one of us! There's plenty of work to go around!
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219: The File menu is nearly done! Working now on the Edit menu commands.
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228: Open File and Open Location now work. Unlike current builds of Mozilla,
229: the Open File dialog does work when no windows are open, and it filters
230: out unavailable types.
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239: The initial checkin of Chimera has landed! A functional URL bar
240: and back/forward/reload/stop are now all working in the app. A rudimentary
241: sidebar has also landed.
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