Do only 28 people care about the future of Thunderbird? Please vote!

R Kent James kent at
Thu Feb 25 19:55:43 UTC 2016

Funny, but I also often feel that "my goals for Thunderbird differ 
pretty strongly from the Council".

On the enterprise issues, there's a well-worn myth that famous bank 
robber Willie Sutton, when asked "why do you rob banks?," answered 
"because that's where the money is" (which is a misquote per but no matter). 
The same thing applies to enterprise users of Thunderbird. In theory, 
"that's where the money is", but people who have tried to extract it 
like BenB report it is pretty hard to wrestle that money from the 

Actually my passion is not the enterprise user, but rather figuring out 
a way to empower users who are willing to contribute to Thunderbird, 
either financially or through participation, in having a voice in the 
future of Thunderbird. MoFo is making great progress now in enabling a 
donation page, and as part of that we will be asking users who 
contribute to subscribe to an email list where they can contribute their 
voices to Thunderbird's plans. If we are going to ask users to donate, 
and rely on those donations as a substantial part of our funding, then 
they should have a voice.

If we can figure out a way to get enterprise users to contribute to 
Thunderbird, then we should figure out a way to get them to have a voice 
as well. If not, then I don't care much about enterprises either (other 
than through my interest as a third-party in Mesquilla which has a 
substantial base of SMB users, as well as enterprise users who refuse to 
accept Outlook).


On 2/25/2016 10:37 AM, Jim wrote:
> For what it's worth, I intentionally chose not to vote because I have 
> no real opinion one way or the other. It seems to me that my goals for 
> Thunderbird differ pretty strongly from the Council (I don't really 
> believe in making Thunderbird an enterprise mail client, whereas the 
> Council seems much more open to the idea), but I don't feel that's 
> enough to vote "No". I suppose I could send in a vote that explicitly 
> says "No opinion", but I'm not sure that actually contributes in any 
> real way.
> - Jim

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