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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raboof
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2005-07-24

of all the opensource software that i use, eventually they all either die in "abandonment" when they are in the "good-enough"/robust phase and all that's left is some boring maintenance and some loooooong development cycles; or they all got sent back to square one for a complete, utterly unusable, refit/redraw of the whole thing. There's some exceptions off course but on the whole that 's been my general experience.


That's a real problem.

So unfortunately, i've been unconsciously changing (i've realized later) to paid software (or backed by some big corporation/foundation) because it allows me my "found something that does what i want, how i want, then i don't ever change it and just keep using it as i want" behaviour. Which is also the behaviour of most people out there.


I'm unconvinced the 'proprietary world' does this better than the 'opensource world'. Vendors of proprietary software drop support, go out of business or force you into an 'upgrade path' just as well...

If anything, this should be a reason to choose open-source software over proprietary: as long as there's users, maintenance will be possible.

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