Security releases: How long?

Ben Bucksch ben.bucksch at
Mon Jul 23 10:41:08 UTC 2012

Hello JB and Mitchell Baker,

I have asked it a few times in various other emails, but gotten no 
response to it. I really really need this question answered, because it 
decides what we have to do now, today.

How long will Mozilla Foundation/Corporation, using paid staff, provide 
security updates to Thunderbird, in terms of years and decades? This 
includes making the required changes to Thunderbird to adapt to Gecko / 
Mozilla platform changes, which is considerable work.

Users need assurance that they will still have a email client without 
security holes in e.g. 5 years. If the future is not guaranteed 
long-term, we need to start building a new one now, so being concrete 
here is important.

Thank you,

Ben Bucksch

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