Thunderbird and Taskcluster (was Re: My personal agenda for TB 52)

Kristian Fiskerstrand k_f at
Tue Jan 26 10:07:50 UTC 2016

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On 01/26/2016 08:20 AM, Philipp Kewisch wrote:
> On 1/25/16 7:52 PM, R Kent James wrote:
>> Here's the status of infrastructure issues: Joshua is moving
>> toward a combined m-c/c-c, but after that we need to start
>> experimenting with our own build management and scripts. Mozilla
>> releng is clearly moving toward Taskcluster, and would like us to
>> move there too, so much so that if we move that direction we
>> could probably get both staff and infrastructure support from
>> them, and possibly even continue to run on their infrastructure
>> for an extended period of time. But I am reluctant to recommend
>> Taskcluster unless we are convinced that we could also run
>> Taskcluster independently of Mozilla. Though Taskcluster is open
>> source, making it a public resource that other organizations
>> could run has not been a Mozilla priority. Someone needs to
>> investigate Taskcluster and see if it possible now or in the 
>> reasonably foreseeable future to run that independently of
>> Mozilla, should we need to do that in one of our possible
>> futures. Otherwise, we need to resist converting to Taskcluster.
> Hi Kent,
> I believe I never mentioned this explicitly, but I'm sure you had
> me in mind regarding build system changes. I'm happy to help out
> with this, it also seems Yongang is interested in making changes to
> the build system.

As a long term user (but first time poster to this list), in terms of
where I'd want to see Thunderbird moving forward is as part of
processes of code conversion and review of platform; should some
things simply be removed in order to get back to the fundamentals of
an email client instead of including instant messaging support (and an
IRC client?). This would make security auditing easier, and despite
some previous posts that seems to indicate different attitudes towards
this, I would consider security to be a very high priority.

As for WYSIWYG HTML editor or not and focus on this, my personal
opinion is email should be text/plain to increase security and privacy
for users and quotation should default to inline rather than
top-posting by default.

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