Version number changes for Thunderbird

Rafael Ebron rebron at
Thu May 26 22:25:12 UTC 2011

On 5/26/11 3:06 PM, Karsten Düsterloh wrote:
> Mark Banner aber hob zu reden an und schrieb:
>> Whilst we could have kept the same numbering system, or adopted a
>> different one, we felt that matching Firefox would make it clearer
>> for developers as to which version of Thunderbird was based on which
>> gecko/Firefox version.
> I outright doubt that this is solving any real-world problem.
> Chrome-angst-driven version number frenzy might make (very limited, IMO)
> sense for a competing browser, but do users really care about the Gecko
> version of their _mail_ client?
> I do understand, though, the assumed marketing "value" of pairing the
> version number with FF. I just think it's nonsense. ;-)
>> We'll also be de-emphasising the version numbers in our releases,
> Well, you may do, but will the users? ;-)
As you mention users don't care about the Gecko version of their mail 
client.  Majority of users don't pay attention to versions at all -- OS, 
browser, mail client, other software.

It'll be "Thunderbird" in our marketing going forward rather than 
"Thunderbird [version]"

> Karsten
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