[June 22, 2009] Lightning/Sunbird Status Update

It’s time for another status update again. We’re hard at work to finally get our next release (1.0 beta) out of the door for Lightning and Sunbird. Over the last three weeks we have fixed 31 bugs, which are listed below.

  • Bug 273279: no visual status mark on tentative or cancelled events/tasks
  • Bug 387014: While reloading remote calendars, Thunderbird windows are unresponsive
  • Bug 389088: Use default alarms defined in Google Calendar
  • Bug 395281: Attendee icons in Free Busy Pane need tooltips to be understandable
  • Bug 404902: View calendar while refreshing remote calendar
  • Bug 410050: description is taken from wrong e-mail message
  • Bug 433847: Update w.m.o build guide
  • Bug 448291: Optionally disable scroll through calendar months
  • Bug 449197: ‘Calendar -> Publish’ menu item is always disabled
  • Bug 453067: Eventboxes with and without icons have different height
  • Bug 453122: Newlines not trimmed from description when converting from email
  • Bug 453145: Using ctrl+s or ‘Save’ while editing a occurrence changes whole series
  • Bug 456385: Thunderbird3: Integrate Calendar and Task mode menu items into new menu
  • Bug 459018: ‘self.stopEditing is not a function’ while creating an event
  • Bug 462824: clean up calendar/test/homegrown
  • Bug 466170: Extra separator in View menu
  • Bug 480266: Switching mail and tasks tabs duplicates the account list
  • Bug 485891: Bottom Border under Column Day Labels is missing.
  • Bug 489773: Invitation dialog has flaws
  • Bug 491326: Non-ascii calendar names are displayed wrong after restart
  • Bug 491868: print card/contact is completely unstyled and hard to read
  • Bug 492723: Error “favoriteFolderMenu is null” opening the Edit menu from Lightning
  • Bug 494160: Event dialog: Add accesskeys for menuitems in menu “Options – Status”
  • Bug 495859: Lightning notification bar appears at the bottom of the message pane.
  • Bug 496413: faulty PROPFIND will not declare the request as complete
  • Bug 498158: Context edit menu (undo/cut/copy/paste) has got no icons
  • Bug 498700: imip bar is not displayed, error “GetLoadedMessage is not defined”
  • Bug 498779: Outdated information in /calendar/lightning/nightly/README.html
  • Bug 499500: Error “GetFirstSelectedMessage is not defined”
  • Bug 499540: Multiweek View: changing Number of Weeks via View menu fails
  • Bug 499588: TB3 integration: Fix accesskeys for File -> New menu items

As always, our thanks go to all developers, contributors, localizers, testers, and supporters that have made this possible.

PS: We’ve read and noticed the repeated requests for a more high-level plan of our future goals (some call it a “roadmap”). Philipp is currently working on a blog post, that will hopefully satisfy those of you, who were kind enough to get in contact with us and ask us for such a high-level plan. Stay tuned!


  1. Hello,
    fantastic work!
    Does the launch of beta and final 1.0 version is planned with a press cover? are you using the FF 3.5’s launch momentum to give lightning /sunbird more emphasis?
    Keep the good work.
    I can wait to read the roadmap.

  2. It’s great to see all these bugs get squashed. Keep up the great work. I have my wife using Google business mail/calendar with Thunderbird/Lightning and she loves it!
    Looking to the 1.0 release.

  3. I thought the lightening project had died? With no SYNC to anything it has very limited number of users. Those of us with PDA (phones,devices or watches) this project looked like a dead end. Now I see there is a Sync for Thunderbird! Good job guys. One more step and these project will explode in usage!
    Still waiting for Lightening…

  4. Try essentialpim ! Its fast, you can use it in network with one database, you can sync pda, google cal.

  5. Hi,
    When working on small screen (ie. Eee PC), I like to optimize screen usage. I would like to request an enhancement. The “Add event” window’s width cannot be reduced without some (minor) visual problems, as this screenshot summarizes:
    It would be very nice to allow a reduced width with clean display! Moreover, I suppose a lot of people use this calendar application on laptop/netbook, with small screens.
    See you

  6. I agree with OuT regarding the Add event window not fitting on the netbook screens. I’ve got a Acer AspireOne 8.9″ and that event box does not fit well at all.

  7. Is there a reason the OSX nightlies of Lightning stopped June 30th?
    Just curious.
    Sorry for blurting this out here, but I couldn’t find a better place.

  8. +1 on the OSX nightlies

  9. Tim: there are a couple of sync tools available that work with Sunbird/Lightning, some free, some commercial.
    If you have a Sony-Ericsson phone, this one may work for you (free): http://www.fjsoft.at/en/highlight.php
    If you have a Windows Mobile powered device, try this one (commercial): http://birdiesync.com

  10. Stefan Sitter

    Mac OS X Sunbird/Lightning nightly builds are missing due to hardware issue with the build server.

  11. New Version of essential pim 3.04 !