Proposal to start a new implementation of Thunderbird based on web technologies

Gervase Markham gerv at
Mon Apr 3 16:03:22 UTC 2017

On 28/03/17 03:46, Paul D. Fernhout wrote:
> To make such a "eat our own dogfood" application useable from the start,
> consider having Node.js write to the same mailbox files, address book,
> and filter specifications that regular Thunderbird uses. Then POP users
> (like myself) can use the new app for what it does (plain text email),
> while also always being able to fire up the new Thunderbird for what it
> can't do yet (like some plugins for calendaring or encryption or doing
> IMAP). We can make a lot of progress on a POP-only Thunderbird's UI
> (plus RSS feeds etc.), and then at some point IMAP support could be added.

Why is POP and not IMAP in the MVP? I'd say if you are going to do one,
IMAP is the modern mail access protocol.

> ## Analytic Visualizations from the start
> Another thing to add to the new Thunderbird from the start is
> visualization features and analytics,

Do you know what the word "Minimum" means? ;-)


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