Governance and Release Model updates
gerv at mozilla.org
Wed Nov 14 10:05:40 UTC 2012
On 12/11/12 17:28, Kent James wrote:
> Unless I hear a strong statement otherwise, I am going to consider
> Standard8's "Therefore, paid-for development should not be considered"
> and your "efforts surrounding Thunderbird which generate income ... will
> need to be organizationally independent of Mozilla-the-organization " as
> definitive. We need a not-Mozilla organization.
I'm sadly not in a position to make definitive statements in this area
(JB may be able to), but if the question is: "Is Mozilla going to go
back to employing significant numbers of people full-time to work on
Thunderbird, effectively reversing the recent decision?", I would be
deeply surprised if the answer was anything but No.
So if people are interested in creating a not-Mozilla organization which
provides support and services for Thunderbird, and employs people to
work on the code, then that would be great. The thorny question is, of
course: if they shipped their own version rather than sometime directly
from Mozilla (e.g. if there were patches they needed which had not been
upstreamed), could it be called Thunderbird? That's a tough question
with a lot of grey, but I can see that the potential founders of such an
organization would want some clarity on it before pressing forward.
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