Mitchell Baker's memo

Wayne Mery (Thunderbird QA) vseerror at lehigh.edu
Tue Dec 1 12:42:48 UTC 2015


On 12/1/2015 7:36 AM, Wayne Mery (Thunderbird QA) wrote:
> On 12/1/2015 4:28 AM, Gervase Markham wrote:
>> On 01/12/15 08:51, Dave Koelmeyer wrote:
>>> Apropos of the subject line, I expect this to kick off a second wave of
>>> hysteria in the blogosphere about Thunderbird being "dead".
>>
>> Well, I would hope not. AIUI, it was written somewhat carefully to avoid
>> precipitating exactly that. It may be that there are additional
>> preventative actions that could be taken but really, anyone who takes
>> that line really isn't reading what was written.
>>
>> Gerv
>
> Indeed pretty much none of Mitchell's post to the newsgroups (it was not
> a blog) -
> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.governance/kAyVlhfEcXg -
> should be a surprise to anyone who has been following for the progress
> of the past 2-3 years. The only recent developments are Mitchell's
> codifying the details into a formal statement and the Mozilla
> Foundation's involvement, #9. (History can be viewed after the fact in
> Thunderbird meeting notes [1], Thunderbird blogs [2], and postings of
> Kent and others to tb-planning [3].)
>
> One could perhaps view Mitchell's posting as a continuation of the 2012
> blog about the "new direction for Thunderbird" [4] and subsequent blogs
> and posting activity, but this time with a more positive bent, more
> clarity, and with an active Thunderbird community that is already
> involved in planning the future needs of Thunderbird.
>
> The Council has been looking at these things for some time, and a
> statement from the Council will no doubt be forthcoming now that
> Mitchell has posted.
>
> [1] https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird/StatusMeetings
> [2] http://planet.mozilla.org/thunderbird/
> [3] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/tb-planning
> [4]
> https://blog.lizardwrangler.com/2012/07/06/thunderbird-stability-and-community-innovation/

p.s. especially noteworthy is #12

12.  This message is about the future and there’s a lot to work out.
It’s explicitly not to announce changes in daily activities at this
point.




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