What happened to hiring an architect?

Magnus Melin mkmelin+mozilla at iki.fi
Thu Dec 15 20:10:35 UTC 2016

A forked Gecko is not really a choice. If would be a final resort if all 
else failed.

There are many security fixes pushed out every 6 weeks, and those impact 
Thunderbird as well at least to some extent. Backporting patches is not 
a viable long term or even short term solution. Backporting patches even 
to the latest ESR versions is often tricky for the people who fixed it 
on trunk. It's simply not doable with reasonable effort for any outside 

But importantly, also regarding technology we would be left in a dead 
end. E.g. all the advances in JavaScript would be out of reach. Not 
exactly a good way to attract contributors.


On 15.12.2016 19:28, Disaster Master wrote:
> I still don't clearly understand the implications of this.
> If the choice is a forked Gecko, how does that impact Thunderbird, 
> bottom line?
> Is it security? If so, is the most important issue security with 
> respect to the rendering of HTML emails?

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