Change of release and governance model for Thunderbird

Mike Conley mconley at mozilla.com
Tue Jul 17 14:05:40 UTC 2012


>> The sticking point for the SFTP case (AIUI) was the fact that there are
>> no license-compatible libraries for SFTP that we could pull into
>> Thunderbird. Combined with the fact that SSH falls into the category of
>> "security-sensitive stuff, reimplement at your own risk," this makes a
>> usable SFTP backend very difficult to obtain.

I think the conclusion we came to in IRC a few months back was that we'd 
probably want to use something like libssh via js-ctypes, and then 
package SFTP support as an add-on (since libssh is GPL'd).

Sounds like a fun project, if anyone has the cycles. :)

On 17/07/2012 9:48 AM, Joshua Cranmer wrote:
> On 7/17/2012 9:27 AM, Blake Winton wrote:
>> On 17-07-12 6:09 , Archaeopteryx wrote:
>>> Furthermore, it would helpful to know when contracts for currently
>>> paid-only features like new mail addresses and attachment services
>>> end so free implementations like (S)FTP can land.
>> For the SFTP case, I think I can say that we'll be happy to land it
>> just as soon as someone writes the code. To the best of my knowledge,
>> that one in particular is totally not dependent on any contracts we
>> may or may not have signed. (Also, I suspect we'ld happily take a
>> patch for WebDAV which I think is what Microsoft's SharePoint stuff
>> uses.)
>
> The sticking point for the SFTP case (AIUI) was the fact that there are
> no license-compatible libraries for SFTP that we could pull into
> Thunderbird. Combined with the fact that SSH falls into the category of
> "security-sensitive stuff, reimplement at your own risk," this makes a
> usable SFTP backend very difficult to obtain.
>



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