[thunderbird-testers] Two big huge features have landed and we need your feedback and your testing time.

Ludovic Hirlimann ludovic at mozilla.com
Wed Mar 14 13:17:59 UTC 2012

On 3/14/12 12:47 PM, Onno Ekker wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 7:06 PM, Ludovic Hirlimann <ludovic at mozilla.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Today we landed two big new features in Thunderbird:
>> Instant Messaging
>> where we support facebook, twitter (broken on the first nightly), gmail
>> and IRC. We are looking for feedback and bugs (in the new
>> Thunderbird/Instant messaging component).
>> Use it and please file bugs. Conversation should be searchable via gloda.
>> FileLink
>> Ever wanted to send files bigger than say 100Mb , now it's possible - or
>> should be possible. The threshold that changes how attachment are
>> handeld is 1 mb and that's configurable with
>> mail.compose.big_attachments.threshold_kb. We'll have a specific test
>> day for that latest feature next week (I'll come back with an
>> announcement for that).
>> These features are available in
>> http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/thunderbird/nightly/latest-comm-central/
>> and will be available by this Thursday on Earlybird builds (at
>> https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/channel)
>> Ludo
> I'm not sure if I like where Thunderbird is going... I remember
> Mozilla's motto about being lean and mean, but that might only have
> holded to Firefox. Anyway, it's still much nicer to use Thunderbird
> than Outlook.
> I have some questions about FileLink and I can't find any
> documentation on it. Maybe if I wait another day for the feature to
> land in Earlybird/Aurora I can find out for myself, but I thought I'd
> ask here anyway.
> I don't want to store big files on some third party server and I know
> my boss wouldn't want that either, since those files might contain
> private information. Will it be possible to disable this feature? From
> the GUI? Or maybe the feature can be disabled by default?
You can disable it by setting mail.compose.big_attachments.threshold_kb
so -1.
> Will the treshold be configurable in the GUI too? I think most ISP's
> have a 10Mb limit at least, so a default treshold of 1Mb might be too
> low... Do you get to choose between sending as attachment or using
> FileLink when the filesize exceeds the treshold?
You don't AFAIK. And it's accessible in the GUI.
> Will it be easy to use encryption for the files? Maybe by the FileLink
> service provider or otherwise there might be some hook for extensions
> like Enigmail to use this?
We also plan to have hook for you to use internal servers. As for
encryption I don't know from the top of my head.


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