Skepticism about a new Electron-based product

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at
Fri May 12 14:43:15 UTC 2017

On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 5:08 PM, Philipp Kewisch
<kewisch at> wrote:
> Moving forward to the electron proposal, the way I understood it was
> that Thunderbird Next should be written in a way that the components
> could run on native platform containers, including but not limited to
> electron.

I've been asked off-list where I even got the notion that Thunderbird
was considering Electron.
put Electron first and mentioned Gecko as the last item with the
remark "mostly for historical reasons". Additionally,
said "we hope to be independent from Gecko in the long term" and
"Thunderbird will remain a Gecko-based application at least in the
midterm" which I read in the context of the earlier Electron remarks
on this list.

(FWIW, I originally wrote a reply to the thread I linked to above, but
the moderator didn't want me to hijack a thread, hence the lack of
reply quoting for context in my email.)

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at

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