captive portal detection in Thunderbird

Ludovic Hirlimann ludovic at mozilla.com
Tue Jun 28 09:00:26 UTC 2011


On 28/06/11 03:07, Siddharth Agarwal wrote:
> On 27-06-2011 16:02, Bryan Clark wrote:
>> Hey -
>>
>> I've been working on a Thunderbird add-on that tries to detect
>> captive portals <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_portal>.  For
>> Thunderbird (compared to Firefox) I think this is a fairly
>> straightforward problem to solve.  I wanted to talk a bit about my
>> solution to the problem and what issues still exist. I'm not sure if
>> this is something that could be merged into Thunderbird in the future
>> but I think that's a conversation that makes sense to have; it also
>> makes sense to have someone else write that code. ;-)
>
> I think doing something like what Microsoft does to detect captive
> portals in Windows 7 is the sanest approach to the problem. See
> http://blog.superuser.com/2011/05/16/windows-7-network-awareness/ and
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=562917
>
> I don't think the privacy implications to this are anything beyond
> those of displaying the Thunderbird start page.
Last time I followed this is,it was on the roadmap for FF 7 or FF8 for
the necko team.( but it was at the last all-hands).

Ludo

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