Generating revenue for TB and "What do we need money for"

Blake Winton bwinton at
Fri Oct 5 14:07:07 UTC 2012

On 05-10-12 4:43 , Axel wrote:
>>> Od: "Magnus Melin"<mkmelin+mozilla at>
>>> On 4.10.2012 23:27, Kent James wrote:
>>>> On 10/4/2012 1:17 PM, Mike Conley wrote:
>>>>> the money cannot be used to hire or contract additional developers.
>>>> That seems to pretty severely handicap the future of Thunderbird, as we are
>>>> prevented from doing with money that we raise ourselves precisely what Mozilla
>>>> used to do but pulled the funding for.
>>> Exactly!
>>>   -Magnus
>> Then the money should be collected outside of Mozilla and then we can do anything with it and Mozilla can't interfere :)
> Kent and me discussed this approach briefly with Mitchel on MozCamp, 
> but it is tricky... My personal feeling is that Tb needs an "Outside" 
> business leader in order to bring it forward.
I would certainly agree with this.
> In my personal opinion, with the stated mission (Focus on Fx OS), 
> having somebody from Mozilla Internal leading it is not in 
> Thunderbird's best interest.
This also seems to follow logically.  (Although, I would modify it to 
say that someone from Mozilla Corporation could lead it, if they were 
doing it as an unpaid contributor.)
> At the moment it feels like we are just in "waiting" mode...
I think we can stop waiting, and start discussing things whenever you're 
ready.  ;)
(More seriously, I think this discussion is moving things forward, and 
I'm glad to see it happening.)


Blake Winton   UX Engineer
bwinton at

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