[Roundcube Announce] Stable version 0.9.0 released

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[Roundcube Announce] Stable version 0.9.0 released

Thomas Bruederli-2
Hello folks

We can proudly announce the next stable release of Roundcube. This
version enhances the webmail experience with these new features:

* Improved rendering of forwarded and attached messages
* Optionally display and compose email messages a new windows
* Unified UI for message view and composition
* Show sender photos from contacts in email view
* Render thumbnails for image attachments
* Download all attachments as zip archive (using the zipdownload plugin)
* Forward multiple emails as attachments
* CSV import for contacts

The major change of this version isn't really visible to the users but
even more important for the developers: the Roundcube framework. We
decoupled the core functions for IMAP access, SMTP email sending,
database abstraction, caching, etc. from the webmail application in
order to make them usable for other free software products.

Another major change since the 0.8 series is the new database
abstraction layer. In order to add support for SQLite3, the PEAR:MDB2
dependency was dropped and Roundcube now uses the native PHP Data
Objects (PDO). It's enabled by default since PHP 5.1 and is considered
stable and well-developed. One drawback, however, is a small lack in
the MySQL PDO driver which makes PHP 5.3 a requirement for this
version of Roundcube when using the MySQL database.

A minor but rather handy improvement is a complete new database update
mechanism that makes schema changes much easier to be deployed. After
the upgrade, simply run bin/updatedb.sh to apply the necessary changes
to the database Roundcube connects to. In case you used
bin/installto.sh to perform the update, the schema upgrades are done
applied and no further actions are required.

After lots of testing and collecting your feedback, this version is
considered stable and it also includes the recently discovered
vulnerability that allows an attacker to modify its users preferences
in a way that he can then read arbitrary files from the server. We
therefore recommend to update all productive installations of
Roundcube.

Download both the webmail and the framework packages from
http://roundcube.net/download
Read the full list of changes here: http://trac.roundcube.net/wiki/Changelog

IMPORTANT: We're still getting a lot of support requests from users
who are under the impression that Roundcube is a public service such
as Gmail or Hotmail. Unfortunately we cannot help these people and
thus we'd like to encourage everybody once more to enter an URL to the
option named 'support_url' in the Roundcube config. This will be
display a link on all screens including the login page that should
guide your users to instructions how to get help for your specific
email service that uses Roundcube.

Thanks a lot for using Roundcube and for your support!

Best,
Thomas
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