Fwd: Re: Thunderbird Project as 3rd-year Engineering Group Project

R Kent James kent at caspia.com
Fri Feb 12 19:48:09 UTC 2016

On 2/12/2016 10:25 AM, Jim wrote:
> I have very little interest in helping Thunderbird to become a better 
> enterprise email client. To my knowledge, no business has ever 
> provided actual resources to Thunderbird (aside from Mozilla, of 
> course), and the only non-Mozilla people who have ever contributed 
> were doing so in their own free time. I'm happy to be proven wrong, of 
> course.

The enterprise-friendly "Thunderbird Pro" should be developed by a 
commercial entity, ideally building on the core Thunderbird (and 
contributing back). One of our weaknesses is that commercial partners 
(like Postbox, Fossamail, and now the Chinese fork of Yonggang Luo) 
usually fork without contributing back (there have been exceptions, 
Linagora, MesQuilla, Mozilla Japan, BenB's clients) Yonggang explained 
why in an mda.thunderbird post:

"I was trying hard to merge the code back to the mozilla thunderbird ,
1, I didn't have the right to access the thunderbird source tree
2, I've created a lot bug before, and submit patches, but really long
latency response and didn't applied.
3, Building thunderbird is a sh*t thing, and people in here is like
the maintain the condition according to
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1156050  's comment.
4, I've already getting thunderbird can be build separate from the
mozilla source tree's build, and no body care to merge back."

Although I am now beginning to work on the individual donation flow with 
MoFo staff, a vibrant future Thunderbird would require enterprise 
partners who would focus on the enterprise market. TDF is very 
deliberate in their understanding and promotion of this dynamic, which 
IMHO is a prime factor in their favor. Yet I agree that should not be 
the focus of the current team, nor of the funds that might be generated 
from individual donors.


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