Judging by the website, the project is nearly dead. That's not right...

Matt Harris unicorn.consulting at gmail.com
Sun Mar 3 02:52:26 UTC 2019

Just right now I think a who is actually working on Thunderbird might be 
a good bit of information.  There are now about the same number of 
employees as there are council members.  Who do we contact about what?  
What are they doing?

Does Thunderbird have developers working on the lack of features. Things 
like 2FA authentication ALA Outlook.  Windows people app integration. 
Categorisation of accounts (work home etc) address book list in the main 
pane that provides a one click access to mails from the contact or some 
oldie but goodies, real tabs, full calendar integration, latest card_dav 
support for import and export, provide a profile import and export and 
ActiveSync support for mail and calendars.

We heard a lot about Thunderbird NEXT some time ago,  so are we doing a 
rewrite? Either wholesale or component by component.  What is the road 
map for that process?

Are we going to stick with the term web extension to describe 
Thunderbird extensions or are we going to rebrand it something relevant 
like mail extensions as it should have far more "local" access that web 
extensions do if it is going to be a strong and useful API.  Retaining 
the term web extensions also lead new developers that have web 
extensions experience to think they know the environment.  They will not.

Thunderbird is moving forward, and I am seeing a lot of positive moves.  
But where we are going appears to be a very closely guarded path.


On 02-Mar-19 4:09 AM, Eyal Rozenberg wrote:
> Motivation:
> So, someone just asked on the elections list for our council's current
> composition, and what we are able to give is just this:
> https://wiki.mozilla.org/Modules/Thunderbird#Thunderbird_Council
> which doesn't cut it.
> If I visit https://www.thunderbird.net/ , I should be able to readily
> access information about the organizational infrastructure behind
> Thunderbird, including information about the Thunderbird council, its
> its role, its composition, its members background - as a minimum. But -
> this information is not accessible nor does it seem to exist, i.e. I
> can't find a page about that anywhere.
> In fact, if I click the small "about" link, what I get is the Mozilla
> Foundation:
> https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/
> whose navigation bar / menus will essentially tell me Thunderbird
> doesn't exist and there's only Firefox.
> If I go back to our website, I don't see what would be telling me "Hey,
> I'm not dead yet! I'm getting better!" (Monty Python reference there,
> sorry.)
> If click the twitter user link:
> https://twitter.com/intent/follow?screen_name=mozthunderbird
> I see few tweets and their nature also hints at us being sort of near death.
> Just saying,
> Eyal
> PS - It's not that the website is not reasonably-nicely-designed.
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