Thunderbird Summit - Preliminary Planning

Jayakumar Sadhasivam iamjayakumars at
Wed Jul 9 06:02:15 UTC 2014

Hi Kent,
Its great to hear about Thunderbird summit.

I'm Jay, Support Contributor.
I can see so many issues about thunderbird. I love to discuss about that.
The questions are raised by Administrators and Network Engineers, who love
to use Thunderbird.

I try to come up with the list of issues, that are repeatedly posted in


Jayakumar Sadhasivam (iamjayakumars)
Mozilla Representative India
iamjayakumars at

On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM, Kent James <kent at> wrote:

>  Hi All,
> In the last couple of Thunderbird Status Meetings, we've been discussing
> the idea of having a Thunderbird Summit. We're currently looking at having
> a summit at the Mozilla office in Toronto somewhere around October 17-18,
> 2014.
> Because this is early in the planning process, the details are pretty
> sketchy at this point in time, but we thought it would be good to make sure
> that a broader group of people is aware that we are working toward this.
> Here are a few points:
> 1. The exact dates of the summit are still being discussed. We would like
> for the actual duration of the summit to be four full days, with perhaps
> one or two days of discussions, and (optional) additional days used for
> working together on projects. Several key contributors have some potential
> conflicts that we are still trying to sort out, trying to find the best
> single day when we could have any critical all-hands discussions. So
> possible actual dates of the summit could stretch a little before or after
> that October 17-18 core time. So October 16-19 is one possible date, Oct
> 17-20 is another, or we might stretch even another day in either direction.
> 2. Funding is also still a big question mark, and we are just starting to
> work on issues in raising money for the summit. Ideally we would like to be
> able to fully fund the travel and living expenses of 10 - 20 active
> contributors. The conference will be open though, so if people beyond those
> we offer to fund still want to come, they will be welcome (space
> permitting) if they can pay their own travel and living.
> 3. The overall purpose of the summit is to empower and encourage
> Thunderbird contributors to ensure the continued sustainability and
> relevance of Thunderbird (probably mainly biased to the code base, but
> there's obviously a bunch of topics alongside that). Some specific
> suggestions I have received from others include:
>    -  "feature delivery/product improvement (project roadmap if you will)
>    is critical"
>    -   "A week (or whatever) of hacking on Thunderbird would be good too."
>    -  "I am looking forward to squash crash bug on the summit with other
>    guys."
>    -  "time to sit down and talk address book with people, and maybe
>    start sketching out a proper plan and implementation"
>    -  "the main thing would be to create a project roadmap so that we can
>    focus our limited efforts"
>    -  " build on IRC personal relationships ...  discussing project
>    governance ... focus on the larger scope"
>    -  "the public does not know where we are going to, what the plan is.
>    We should have some wiki pages with tasks that can/should be done"\
>    -  "community building and hacking sessions would be the most
>    beneficial"
>    - "talking about Enterprise Vs. Individual target audience, main
>    focuses for the future, consider in more detail donations in product"
>    -  "make plans on things that need to be finished (say ensemble /
>    maildir)"
>    -  "A sequence of presentations on what people have done/are doing/are
>    planning to do"
>    -  "Solve (perceived) failures of the current Thunderbird development
>    efforts"
>  I should probably add that I've received a few comments that
> specifically say DON'T do some of the things listed above, so there is a
> range of thoughts! But everyone that I have talked to seems to believe that
> a summit is a good idea, so it looks pretty likely that we will be moving
> forward with this.
> Feel free to make comments or suggestions. We'll keep you updated as plans
> are solidified.
> :rkent
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