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Mozilla Thunderbird, Future directions?


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It looks like there maqy be some changes coming for Mozilla's Thunderbird as they have less and less enthusiasm for maintaining it.

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/01/mozilla_to_kick_thunderbird_out/

 

 

Seeking to shift its full attention to Firefox, Mozilla is planning to throw its Thunderbird email client under a bus – er, offload it to the community to develop and support.

 

The open-source software house said it will begin exploring ways to separate the development of Thunderbird from other Mozilla projects, allowing engineers to be "laser-focused on activities like Firefox."

In a post to a Mozilla newsgroup, Mozilla Foundation chairwoman Mitchell Baker gently suggested time spent improving Thunderbird isn't time well spent.

"Firefox and Thunderbird have lived with competing demands for some time now," Baker wrote on Monday. "Today Thunderbird developers spend much of their time responding to changes made in core Mozilla systems and technologies. At the same time, build, Firefox, and platform engineers continue to pay a tax to support Thunderbird.

"I believe Thunderbird would thrive best by separating itself from reliance on Mozilla development systems and in some cases, Mozilla technology.

"The current setting isn't stable, and we should start actively looking into how we can transition in an orderly way to a future where Thunderbird and Firefox are un-coupled."

Baker said Mozilla Foundation executive director Mark Surman will lead an effort to plan out how and when Thunderbird will be separated from Mozilla. The Foundation will also provide assistance by bringing in contractors and advisors to help plan the spin-off of Thunderbird to an independent developer group operating outside of the Mozilla banner.

The decision is not a surprise, given the lack of attention Mozilla has been showing to the troubled email client. As far back as 2012, Baker cast doubt on Mozilla's desire to continue to devote time and money to Thunderbird at the expense of the flagship Firefox browser.

 

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The Mozilla folks have changed a great deal from what they originally were which troubles me since I too have depended on Thunderbird for many years. We have been looking for a replacement for some time and haven't found anything perfect but if Thunderbird goes kMail and Claws are both usable.

 

I did send an e-mail to the LibreOffice folks mentioning how nice it would be to have an e-mail client in their office suite, haven't heard back yet but it wouldn't hurt to have more folks suggesting that to them as they are a stable group with reasonable policies that seem to be working, unlike today's Mozilla.

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