Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jul 2012 22:42 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has announced it's ceasing development on Thunderbird; one more version will be released, and it'll be security updates from then on. "Most Thunderbird users seem happy with the basic email feature set. In parallel, we have seen the rising popularity of Web-based forms of communications representing email alternatives to a desktop solution. Given this, focusing on stability for Thunderbird and driving innovation through other offerings seems a natural choice." Makes sense - I mean, there's only so much you can do with something that needs to send and receive mail, and I can't imagine Thunderbird having a lot of users. Strange, almost Microsoftian obtuse announcement, by the way.
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RE: Convenient timing.
by righard on Fri 6th Jul 2012 23:30 UTC in reply to "Convenient timing."
righard
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2007-12-26

Thunderbird won't cease to exist and will shall still be maintained. If not will very certainly be forked. So there is no need to worry.

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RE[2]: Convenient timing.
by woegjiub on Fri 6th Jul 2012 23:37 in reply to "RE: Convenient timing."
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Oh, I understand that entirely.

It will be interesting to see how long their maintenance and security fixes will last for, and whether there will be any updates on the feature-set again in the future.

As each day passes, Stallman seems more and more justified in his worries regarding things like cloud computing.

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