State of Thunderbird Extensions

Magnus Melin mkmelin+mozilla at
Thu Apr 4 11:38:02 UTC 2019

On 04-04-2019 14:00, Matt Harris wrote:
> On 02-Apr-19 9:37 PM, u wrote:
>> Your data only accounts for people installing Addons via
>>, is that correct?
>> Users on Debian based operating systems generally install addons from
>> distro-repositories,
> /That is a state of affairs that needs to be actively discouraged.  
> The version of Thunderbird being offered in some distributions are 
> little more than forks with whole panels of settings removed.  Can not 
> tell a ubuntu user to check the install history in Edit > Preferences 
> > Update as that panel is just not there for them.
> /

That is for a (good) reason. Application update is handled through the 
distro repository. Therefore updating from the preferences is irrelevant 
to them. I don't think that's a fork, it's a supported build time 
configuration option.

> /I am to the point of not offering support to users of certain 
> distributions because I am unfamiliar with the product they are 
> using.  With maintainers modifying code,  the user interface and not 
> offering bundled add-ons it is to the point unless you are using the 
> actual distribution and version you can not do more than guess what 
> the product even looks like.
> /

I'm in contact with the Ubuntu maintainers about this one, so I'm 
hopeful we can get it sorted out. Sounds like there was no real 
intention for not offering bundled add-ons, just some technical hurdles.


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