Thunderbird Blog Entry

Axel Grude axel.grude at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 19:37:29 UTC 2016


Thanks Jörg.

Could Kent or somebody from the Tb-Planning team put these items into 
"End-user-consumption" ready paragraphs? I would find it difficult to summarize as I 
am not doing much other than following the bugs and maybe add 2 cents of comment.

A short paragraph on the "Asian crisis"would be a great thing, I want to accumulate 
some good will before Thunderbird attempts any fundraisers. If we do not market the 
(free as in beer) service the Thunderbird community provides to the End-Users then it 
won't be recognized and that cuts us off from potential future funding.

> Also notable is that TB 45.1 will ship with IcalJS, a JS replacement of the old C++ 
> calendar. This is a big step forward for the future of TB. BTW, I switched to IcalJS 
> recently and haven't seen a problem yet.
Again, how would you explain this to an end-user? They see the Lightning plugin as the 
front-end, how is that affected?

Axel

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> *Subject:* Re: Thunderbird Blog Entry
> *From: *Jörg Knobloch
> *To:* Tb-planning
> *Sent: *Thursday, 21/04/2016 11:45:58 11:45 GMT ST +0100 [Week 16]
>
> Hi,
>
> I haven't see much participation from others in the "What's new" page 
> (https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/new-thunderbird-45), so I mainly put all the 
> changes I knew about there, including all changes visible in the UI.
>
> Perhaps others want to chip in. Patrick noted XMPP here 
> (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1240609#c53).
>
> Not visible but very important is that the "Asian Crisis" was fixed in this release. 
> It was Kent's most hated bug that CJK composition simply didn't work correctly.
>
> Also notable is that TB 45.1 will ship with IcalJS, a JS replacement of the old C++ 
> calendar. This is a big step forward for the future of TB. BTW, I switched to IcalJS 
> recently and haven't seen a problem yet.
>
> As for the numbers: The thing is very clear: Mozilla Firefox do a release about 
> every six weeks, every seventh release is an ESR. Since managing releases consumes a 
> lot of manpower, Thunderbird which is staffed solely by overworked and underpaid 
> (read: unpaid) volunteers havs decided to only do the ESR releases and to carry 
> other released to the beta stage for those users who want to ride the bleeding edge. 
> Of course there are also Earlybird releases, but the are mostly unmanaged, so you 
> get the luck of the draw ;-)
>
> Jörg.
>
>
> On 21/04/2016 11:47, Axel Grude wrote:
>>
>> One more thing,
>>
>> if I get around to writing a blog entry this weekend, could you provide a paragraph 
>> (and maybe link to a more detailed explanation) on the current ESR approach and 
>> what it means for the code line? I think the yearly version jump (38 => 45) may 
>> raise a few eyebrows, and I wonder how to sum it up in a correct explanation for 
>> public consumption.
>>
>> By the way, for the Tb45 items I used in the video I pretty much exclusively used 
>> this list that Jörg pointed to: TB45-GUI-changes.pdf 
>> <http://www.jorgk.com/misc/TB45-GUI-changes.pdf>
>>
>> Big advantage of these is that I could just point to UI for the obvious change and 
>> I did not have to explain technically complex facts.
>>
>> If there are any other significant changes related to this ESR that you would think 
>> should be mentioned I would like to know.
>>
>> thanks,
>>   Axel
>>
>
>
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