Change of release and governance model for Thunderbird

Ludovic Hirlimann ludovic at
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.

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