Thunderbird as a Web App revisited

Paul D. Fernhout pdfernhout at
Mon Dec 14 17:17:44 UTC 2015

I hear what you and Andrew are saying about ease of use and installation 
related to user expectations as a desktop app. But if a Thunderbird 
webapp/server written entirely in JavaScript/HTML/CSS was wrapped for 
easy deployment in some future Firefox-based equivalent of 
Electron/Chromium (similar to WordPress/Calypso for the desktop), how 
would people even know how it was implemented? Assuming performance was 
still good (which is admittedly a reasonably concern)?

Meanwhile, such a web technology stack could also support mobile phones 
and tablets browsing to the webapp on the local network if you allow 
that as an option and have your desktop running to serve such requests 
(or even browsing from outside your network depending on how you 
configure your firewall). That feature also might make up for any 
performance issues relating to the alternative web stack architecture, 
if any. Since people do use webmail a lot, I have to expect a webapp 
could be made to perform acceptably on a desktop somehow.

--Paul Fernhout
The biggest challenge of the 21st century is the irony of technologies 
of abundance in the hands of those still thinking in terms of scarcity.

On 12/13/15 3:42 PM, Ben Bucksch wrote:
> Andrew Sutherland wrote on 13.12.2015 06:27:
>> - I think anything that aspires to be a Thunderbird successor should be
>> client-only with no proprietary server-specific bits.
> Amen.
> This is the key differentiator of Thunderbird to most other mail
> clients. And why people use Thunderbird in the first place.
> Ben
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