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Sat Jun 1 07:09:30 2002 UTC (16 years, 10 months ago) by hyatt
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Nightlies now.

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We now have a branch of the mozilla tree for Chimera.  The Chimera tree is a branch
of the Mozilla 1.0 release branch.  We will not be coming back to the trunk until
after Chimera 1.0 is released.  This way we can guarantee stability in the layout
engine and mozilla tree while we hammer out the rest of the GUI and hone the layout
engine patches for ATSUI and plugins.
What this means is that you can now build Chimera without having to apply any
patches, since the Chimera mega-patch has been checked into the branch.  We are
also now producing nightly builds, and we will have tinderboxen monitoring the
Chimera branch soon.  Remember, although these nightly builds will have a version
number on the splash screen, they should not be considered to be official releases.
When you go to grab this most recent nightly, it's going to claim to be Chimera 0.3.
It isn't.  It's just the latest snapshot on the way to 0.3. :)
You can grab nightlies from this ftp subdirectory.
<a href="">
With the advent of nightly builds (thank you Brian and Patrick!), 
we will probably slow down the frequency
of milestone releases.  Rather than releasing 0.3, 0.3.1, 0.3.2, etc. we will
probably just move to a milestone-driven model, releasing 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, and so
on up to 1.0 candidates.
Also, mozdev is no longer being used for bugs.  Bugzilla is now being used
for bugs.  <i>Do not file bugs in mozdev.</I>  File them with
<a href=""></a>.  Chimera
has its own product in bugzilla now.  Do not file Chimera bugs on the Mozilla browser
I'd encourage people spamming the mailing list to check out 
the message boards at <a href=""></a>.  The board there is well-organized, and I'm
reading that now instead of reading the mailing list, so I'm not even going to
see anything you post to the mailing list from now on. :)
That's about it.
Hey, Dave here. With all the silly rumors floating around, we figured it's time
to get another build out. This build contains new features (from Joe
Hewitt and Mike Pinkerton) and some plugin fixes (thanks Patrick!) and crash fixes.
Thanks to Brian Ryner for producing a new build with the mega-Chimera patch applied!
The 0.2.8 build is up on <a href=""></a>.  For
a list of what's new, check out the installation <a href="installation.html">page</a>.
What? You thought we'd forgotten you?  Of course not!  Chimera 0.2.7
is <a href="installation.html">here</a>.
Chimera 0.2.6 is out.  It supports the OS home page and proxy settings.
You can also import bookmarks!  Get it on the installation page.
Chimera 0.2.5 has been released.  This build has greatly improved
plugin support.  <a href="installation.html">You know the drill</a>.
Chimera 0.2.4 is available for download.  This build is not for the
faint of heart.  If you're brave, click <a href="installation.html">here</a>.
Chimera 0.2.3 is out!  This build has working dropdown lists in Web pages,
so you're going to want this one! Get it from the 
<a href="installation.html">installation</a> page.  :) 
Chimera 0.2.2 will be available at midnight tonight.  
Get it <a href="installation.html">here</a>.

Chimera 0.2 is ready.  Plugins didn't make the train but we do have
Quartz rendering and native scrollbars included!  You can get Chimera 0.2
<a href="installation.html">here</a>.
Dave here with a progress update on Chimera 0.2.  I've received
lots of emails asking when Chimera 0.2 is going to be released.  The answer
is "When it's ready." :)  
We are holding Chimera 0.2 for Quartz rendering and plugins. 
After all, a browser just isn't a browser until
you can view the Star Wars Episode II Trailer in all its glory inside
your window (and have it surrounded by pretty antialiased text at the
same time). :)
We are also working on crashers and stability fixes, as well as adding
some of the most requested immediate features at the same time.
We are currently working on version 0.2 of Chimera.  It should be
coming your way fairly soon.  
I received feedback from loyal Omniweb users requesting that I produce
numbers using the latest Sneakypeeks rather than 4.1b1.  I was told that
the latest SP was substantially faster.  That is absolutely true.  Check
out Omniweb's improved numbers in the page load tests
<a href="showdown.html">here</a>.
I also received feedback from iCab users asking me to run
iCab through the page load tests.  I should clarify why iCab was
left out of the tests.  The problem with iCab is that it does not wait
until images on a page have loaded before it claims that the page is
fully loaded.  This means that the numbers that it scores on the test
are inaccurate, because they don't include the time for loading images.
This is in direct violation of the specified behavior for load handlers,
so iCab was disqualified from all tests.
Version 0.1.3 of Chimera is now available for download.
It contains support for security (SSL, HTTPS, etc.) as well as
support for alerts and user/password prompts, and some more crash
fixes.  This build is also 5% faster than 0.1.2. :)
You can download it from the installation page.  
For the curious, I have posted the results of a browser showdown
between the major OS X browsers.  The clear speed winner?  Chimera, of
course!  Check out the details <a href="showdown.html">here</a>!.
Of course all we do is speed right now, so until we're a full-featured
browser, take this with a grain of salt. :)
Version 0.12 of Chimera is now available for download.  As per your
feedback, it is a disk
image (and does not use the .pkg installer).  You can download it
<a href="">here</a>.  
This build of Chimera contains the following improvements over 0.11:
<li>Scroll wheel support
<li>Support for key events (so you can type/scroll/submit forms etc.)
<li>Support for hover feedback and cursor feedback
<li>Many crash fixes
<li>Improved scrolling speed (yes, ma, we blit now)
Quartz rendering is getting closer to being a reality, but it's not quite
there yet.  Maybe for 0.2.  :)
Enjoy!  Feedback/comments are always welcome on the mailing
list.  This build specifically addresses the top initial complaints about
Chimera.  Let us know what we're doing wrong (and right), so we can make
the best OS X browser out there! :)
Version 0.11 of Chimera is now available for download.  For those of you
using 0.1, 0.11 is 33% faster! :)  You can download this build
<a href="">here</a>.
The tab browser is up and limping in Chimera.  We also have our first
downloadable build available.  You can fetch that 
<a href="">here</a>.  It really isn't
usable yet, but enough people seem to want to play with
builds anyway. :)
Bookmarks are online in Chimera.  They can be accessed from the bookmarks
sidebar panel and from the top-level menu.  You can add and delete
The status bar is now live and updates when the page loads.

Chimera is coming along quite nicely!  We have icons for all of the
toolbar buttons (and they're all hooked up).  Printing works, and
we have cache and global history hooked up.
Everything in the File menu is implemented.  This includes the ability
to open and close windows, to open files, to open a web location,
to work offline and online, and to save Web pages, both in a complete
form (including images) or in a simple form (source only).
This is the project page for <b>Chimera</b>, a new project aimed at
delivering a best-of-breed browser on the OS X platform.  Chimera
uses <a href="">
Cocoazilla</a>, a variant of <a href="">
Fizzilla</a> that consists of a UNIX back end wed to a Cocoa front end.
The cross-platform UI will be replaced with native Cocoa widgetry (such as
customizable toolbars and a drawer for the sidebar).  The plan is to
produce only a browser (no other apps!), and to keep the UI as simple
and as clean as possible.  
Current project contributors include myself ( and
Matt Judy (  If you are interested in getting
involved, contact one of us!  There's plenty of work to go around!


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The File menu is nearly done! Working now on the Edit menu commands.

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Open File and Open Location now work.  Unlike current builds of Mozilla,
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The initial checkin of Chimera has landed!  A functional URL bar
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