Change of release and governance model for Thunderbird

Ludovic Hirlimann ludovic at mozilla.com
Thu Jul 12 06:42:54 UTC 2012


On 7/12/12 8:13 AM, Laurent Bauvens wrote:
> Le 10/07/2012 21:34, Mark Banner a écrit :
>> On 10/07/2012 12:52, BAUVENS Laurent wrote:
>>> It's clearly not a question of money nor a question of lack of hired 
>>> resources
>> Correct.
>>> so perhaps it just could be a political question inside Mozilla 
>>> where Thunderbird haters struggle against Thunderbird lovers. I 
>>> won't be surprised of that.
>> As a Mozilla "insider" I can assure you that it isn't this either.
>>
>> Mitchell has already answered the issue in her blog post - /continued 
>> innovation in Thunderbird is not a priority for Mozilla's product 
>> efforts/. There's then more background for this reason at the bottom 
>> of her post.
>>
>> Also, remember that Mozilla does recognise the importance of 
>> Thunderbird to its users and the communities, which is why it is 
>> still providing significant support to maintaining and being able to 
>> release new Thunderbird versions in the future.
> I well understand that Mozilla recognizes Thunderbird as an important 
> piece of software for its users but in the same time Mozilla 
> recognizes that Thunderbird is not an important piece of software in 
> its strategic policy and then doesn't deserve anyway the resources 
> spent on it. This is a point of view.
>
> "Stability and community driven innovation" In my opinion, it's a nice 
> sentence for a tombstone. A software at the top of its form needs 
> strong ambitions to permit  it to evolve. I think strong ambitions are 
> still possible with email, even with a desktop client. But strong 
> ambitions need strong engineering to be transform in disruptive 
> functionalities. All the contrary of "Stability and community driven 
> innovations".
>
> That's why I think Mozilla will have to give Thunderbird to another 
> free organization really motivated to develop email clients and 
> servers and be involved in rfc evolution process.
Laurent as a good point here. Email will evolve, and we should be trying 
to follow and get involved with the various IETF working groups.

Ludo
ps laurent the main conversation is on tb-planning , so replying there.
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