Change of release and governance model for Thunderbird

Jb Piacentino jb at
Sat Jul 7 09:39:07 UTC 2012


Yesterday Mitchell Baker posted on the future of Thunderbird:
In summary, we've been focusing efforts towards important web and mobile 
projects, such as FirefoxOS, while Thunderbird remains a pure 
desktop-only email client. We have come to the conclusion that continued 
innovation on Thunderbird is not the best use of our resources given our 
ambitious organizational goals.  The most critical needs for the product 
are on-going security and stability for our 20+millions users, either 
individuals, SMEs or large corporate/institutions.

However, Thunderbird is one of the very few truly free and open source 
multi-platform email applications available today and we want to defend 
these values.  We're not "stopping" Thunderbird, but proposing we adapt 
the Thunderbird release and governance model in a way that allows both 
ongoing security and stability maintenance, as well as community-driven 
innovation and development for the product.

We are opening the proposed 
for public discussion to individuals and organizations interested in 
maintaining and advancing Thunderbird in the future. We are looking for 
your feedback, comments and suggestions to refine and adapt the plan in 
the best possible way throughout the summer so we can share a final plan 
of action in early September 2012. The tb-planning mailing list 
<> is the preferred forum 
to have this conversation. I look forward to reading you there.


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