Tanstaafl tanstaafl at
Mon Jul 9 10:22:42 UTC 2012

On 2012-07-08 10:16 PM, Ben Bucksch <ben.bucksch at> wrote:


I agree with all of Ben's points here - and Ben you did a fine job of 
outlining all of the reasons why I said I disagreed with Blake's comment 
that Thunderbird doesn't fit Mozilla's 'Mission' - but I wanted to add 
to just one thing:

>>  1. The effectiveness of the Internet as a public resource depends
>>     upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content),
>>     innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.

> ~20% of the world's users (and raising quickly) all being on gmail is
> a scary centralization. With centralization, no need for
> interoperability - old story.
> Where do you think Thunderbird users will go now? Eudora? No, Gmail.
> Definitely loss here.

Actually, there is at least one alternative - I'm now looking at Claws 
Mail... I've played with it in the past.

That said, I *much* prefer Thunderbird (and will keep using it until it 
becomes obvious that a change is needed), but I'm also a realist, and am 
now actively looking at/for potential alternatives so I won't be caught 
with my pants down should this turn out to really be the death of 
Thunderbird <shudder>.

Hmmm... I just had a thought...

I can't tell you how many times I've seen question on  the OpenOffice 
(now LibreOffice) lists asking about an Outlook 'component' - maybe now 
is the time to start discussions with them about some kind of 
collaboration under the Document Foundation umbrella? At best, 
Thunderbird gets a bit more exposure - at worst, Thunderbird has a home 
ready and waiting (and a fighting chance at survival) should Ben's 
Conspiracy Theory turn out to be fact.

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