Thunderbird.next/TB:NG/whateveritscalled Feature request/idea

Patrick Cloke patrick at cloke.us
Mon May 8 15:41:25 UTC 2017


On 5/5/17 10:34 PM, Qwerty Chouskie wrote:

> Is there any chance of Thunderbird.next/TB:NG/whateveritscalled having
> riot.im <https://riot.im/> integration?
Current Thunderbird nightlies (and the upcoming beta of Thunderbird 54)
[0] actually have support for the Matrix protocol (riot.im is just a web
interface for that protocol) [1]. It's current preffed off [2] because
the integration isn't complete [3], but there will be a Google Summer of
Code student working on finishing it up this summer [4]. Hopefully it
will be turned on for the next ESR!
>
>   * It's open, privacy-friendly, etc.
>   * It's well made
>   * It's written using Web technologies (Javascript, etc), and runs in
>     the browser
>   * It could ease the implementation of the chat component by
>     providing a solid base, thus only needing to implement other
>     protocols (IRC, XMPP, twitter, etc) on top of it
>
I don't think this would help, I doubt the the riot.im codebase would
give us any sort of foundation to write additional protocols on top of.
We already have JavaScript implementations of IRC, XMPP and Twitter.
>
>   * It would make TB:NG /more than just another email client.  It
>     would be an email client+"Slack"+"Google Hangouts" all on one
>     free, privacy-friendly, easy-to-use program.
>     /
>
> I think riot.im integration could bring a lot to the table for both
> Thunderbird and roit.im.  Thunderbird already sees a lot of corporate
> use, think of how much more it could see if it served the role of a
> email program /and/ a messaging program (Slack) /and/ a voice/video
> communications program (Google Hangouts, Skype, etc).  Less programs
> to keep up-to-date, less accounts to deal with, no messy EULAs to deal
> with, easier for everyone in the end.
I wholeheartedly agree with the idea of using distributed communication!
No major silos to buy into, but I don't know if this would cause
corporations to adopt Thunderbird more readily.

--Patrick

[0] See https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1199855
[1] https://matrix.org/
[2] You can set "|chat.prpls.prpl-matrix.disable|" to "false" to enable it.
[3]
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/buglist.cgi?component=Matrix&product=Chat%20Core&bug_status=__open__&list_id=13573298
[4]
http://patrick.cloke.us/posts/2017/05/05/google-summer-of-code-2017-matrix-protocol/
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