desktop e-mail UI using gaia e-mail libs (was: TB and AMO...)

ace acelists at
Sun Oct 27 12:58:18 UTC 2013

I still do not understand the point of this effort. Mozilla did not say
it does not support Thunderbird any longer due to any legacy/security
reasons. I think Mozilla did not want to focus on email as a whole (due
to it not having much impact). So making any new email client FOR
DESKTOP under Mozilla support does not look perspective to me. Of course
you can do it as a personal project, but I would be surprised if Mozilla
suddenly declared it an official project. That would kinda go against
its previous decision.

Did I understand something incorrectly?


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: desktop e-mail UI using gaia e-mail libs (was: TB and AMO...)
From: Andrew Sutherland <asutherland at>
To: tb-planning at
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 21:22:19 -0400
> Eventually, it's possible mysteriousmail, something like it, or just the
> JS back-end of the Gaia e-mail app could be feature competitive with
> Thunderbird and it might be worth considering more drastic alternatives
> like re-implementing the Thunderbird UI on top of the Gaia e-mail
> back-end, especially if XUL becomes deprecated.  But that would not be a
> decision I would make, that's a decision the people contributing to
> Thunderbird would make.  The caveat is that, while I also have no say in
> how MoCo resources are allocated to support Thunderbird, it's likely
> that it would make more sense for MoCo to allocate any resources to
> supporting a purely JS based mail client for security reasons versus
> Thunderbird's largely C and C++ back-end and its separate distribution
> of Gecko that needs to be kept up-to-date. 

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