Donation Link: Formal Proposal
John at klam.ca
Tue Dec 3 17:40:11 UTC 2013
On 03/12/2013 11:35 AM, John Crisp wrote:
> Mozilla don't really care that much about TB. If it stays as is, it
> will wither on the vine for lack of leadership, direction and focus.
I both agree and disagree.
I agree that Mozilla does not care about Thunderbird. In an increasingly
cloud based world, I think they feel that, there is no place for desktop
software, any desktop software. This is one of the reasons for the
development of the Firefox OS. Further I am not at all sure that there
is a place for email in the future of communications. I have heard of a
number of companies that are replacing email with other forms of more
immediate messaging (teleconferencing, SMS, etc). Their reasoning is
that email has become a bit of a buck passing tool, send and forget and
a way of avoiding necessary interaction and decision making.
I disagree in that I believe that Mozilla is very concerned about the
resources that TB consumes. I suspect that Mozilla woluld dearly like to
move all the development work both paid and volunteer away from TB
toward the development of Firefox OS and its features.
Maybe the future of TB is in the development of server side mail system
with a web based GUI, a la Roundcube, Squirrelmail.
> But corporations and companies do. That is a world of difference.
> Companies will do what they can to cut their costs and increase their
One of the main reasons for going to cloud based solutions. Think of the
cost savings involved in not having to roll out upgrades to 20,000 PCs,
when with a cloud based app it can be fixed at the centre and everybody
is brought up to date.
From the perspective of the individual cloud based solutions may not be
such a good idea. If you put all your data and communication in the
hands of X then you are X's slave. Trying to get your data back may be
very difficult and switching to another cloud provider may be next to
This is the main reason for my wanting apps like TB to succeed.
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