Change of release and governance model for Thunderbird

Joachim Herb Joachim.Herb at
Mon Jul 9 17:45:43 UTC 2012


first a link showing how this message was received in the most important 
German news site:

But now my concerns: I contributed to some (very) small patches for 
Thunderbird, e.g.
It took 6 month to get the patch into Thunderbird. This was already 
laborious. With the 6-week release cycle there was a chance to see your 
work included within a reasonable time. Now, if a new version of 
Thunderbird is only released once a year and a patch misses that 
opportunity, does it mean you have to wait for another year? This does 
not sound very motivating.


Am 07.07.2012 21:00, schrieb tb-planning-request at
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> Hi,
> 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
> <>plan
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Jb
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