Thunderbird versioning/Naming.

Josiah Bruner josiah at
Fri Jul 5 01:58:15 UTC 2013

Well, I thought about this for a while, in fact, I even started writing 
several paragraphs on why we shouldn't do what you suggested. However, 
as I thought about it some more, I must agree with your points. The 
ideal solution would be to keep our version number based on Gecko, while 
actually releasing a new product every 6 weeks. Of course, that simply 
won't happen because of lack of resources and frankly, lack of product. 
There would be no real point.

Jumps from 17 to 24 to 31, etc, are very confusing for our users and may 
cause them to lose faith in its' development. Even looking at the 
Thunderbird page causes people to wonder. (Though the version of 
Thunderbird proceeding 24 should have some large changes, and I want to 
redo the site then, which will help). Anyway, this kind of jumping is 
just not beneficial in any way, so I agree that Thunderbird 20XY needs 
to be the future.

Thunderbird 2014 makes the product seem more developed, professional, 
and trust-worthy. Of course, anyone with counter points should most 
definitely respond in objection. I, on the other hand, second the motion 
for Thunderbird 2014. I assume though that people from within Mozilla 
will really make the final ruling on this.

Josiah Bruner,
/Thunderbird Front-end,

On 7/4/13 7:56 PM, Unicorn.Consulting wrote:
> If this has been discussed in the past, sorry for trying to bring it 
> up again.
> With the first release of Thunderbird under it's new release model I 
> think that it is important to de-emphasise the version number as the 
> jump from 17 to 24 will leave many wondering what is going on.  To 
> this end I suggest that the version number become an 
> internal/troubleshooting item much as the geko version has done and 
> that we release Thunderbird with a year appended as has become almost 
> dejure over the last decade.  Yes I know everyone else has started 
> going back to numbers, but Thunderbird is not in the Chrome race to 
> 1000 and we need to make it clear we are not.
> Years ago when products started being released as year based versions 
> I thought that is was the silliest of ideas, but in this case where we 
> will be having an annual release it makes sense to name the product 
> intrinsically for the year of release. Given the lateness on the year 
> I suggest we release Thunderbird 2014 instead of Thunderbird 24.  This 
> approach sets the user expectation on release schedules correctly to 
> an annual or more cycle, makes it easy for even the slowest among them 
> to work out that their Thunderbird is 5 years old and in my opinion 
> differentiates the versioning from Firefox so people can stop asking 
> "Firefox is at Version 20 where is the Thunderbird update.
> Matt
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