Thursday, October 18th, 2007

I’m pleased to announce that the Instantbird folks have finally finished their 0.1 release and it’s now available for download!

Instantbird is an IM app using the same libpurple protocol library that Adium and Pidgin use, but the UI is written in XUL.

It’s very exciting to see something like this happening — perhaps some of the work done in Instantbird could go into making Thunderbird support some IM features? There are still some MPL/GPL issues iirc, but in case those prove to be intractable, there’s also Telepathy, which is an interesting IM project using D-Bus as an abstraction layer (it’s used in Nokia devices, iirc).

Regardless of what happens with Thunderbird, I look forward to seeing Instantbird grow as a project. Hats off to Florian and Quentin!


  1. toe_head2001 replied on October 18th, 2007:

    Digg link removed —ed.

  2. Colin replied on October 19th, 2007:

    Please don’t link to digg articles like that.

  3. replied on October 19th, 2007:


    Bug 3687 (Nuke the titlebar, plzkthx) is finally fixed. Thank you thank you thank you to HÃ¥kan Waara, Steven Michaud, Colin Barret, and Josh Aas. Their hard work has restored XULRunner support for chromeless translucent windows on OS X. Tonight’s…