[openpgp-email] Thunderbird & OpenPGP smartcards
patrick at enigmail.net
Tue Dec 10 16:38:18 UTC 2019
Andre Heinecke wrote on 10.12.2019 17:20:
> On Monday 9 December 2019 22:22:03 CET Kai Engert wrote:
>> during the summit, some of you have asked that we support OpenPGP
>> smartcards in next year's Thunderbird release.
>> I'd like to make you aware of the following public message, which I sent
>> to the Thunderbird planning mailing list:
> I've subscribed to this list now so that I can Aanswer better in the future on
> that list. Although to be honest, with the decision of Mozilla to throw away
> many man years of development done by the community I'm not inclined to
> volunteer much work and even responding / discussing is work.
Why do you think so? Up to now, I have reviewed several bugs prepared by
Kai with patches that contain hundreds of lines of Enigmail code for use
in Thunderbird. It's true that some of the Enigmail-code will (have to)
go away, but useful parts are being re-used.
> This might be the reason that there are few responsed to your questions.
> Mozilla is a big company and it is basically asking for free work. And even
> for volunteer work or work financed by other institutions there is currently no
> planning security in my opinion.
That's only a part of the truth. Thunderbird does not receive any funds
from Mozilla, but is financed by donations and sponsors. AFAIK, Mozilla
mainly operates infrastructure for Thunderbird.
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