There was a time when Thunderbird’s future was uncertain, and it was unclear what was going to happen to the project after it was decided Mozilla Corporation would no longer support it. But in recent years donations from Thunderbird users have allowed the project to grow and flourish organically within the Mozilla Foundation. Now, to ensure future operational success, following months of planning, we are forging a new path forward. Moving to MZLA Technologies Corporation will not only allow the Thunderbird project more flexibility and agility, but will also allow us to explore offering our users products and services that were not possible under the Mozilla Foundation. The move will allow the project to collect revenue through partnerships and non-charitable donations, which in turn can be used to cover the costs of new products and services.
Thunderbird’s focus isn’t going to change. We remain committed to creating amazing, open source technology focused on open standards, user privacy, and productive communication. The Thunderbird Council continues to steward the project, and the team guiding Thunderbird’s development remains the same.
I’m glad Thunderbird and its users found a way forward for the application, but I’ve never been a fan of these complex, overloaded e-mail/groupware applications like Thunderbird, Evolution, and Kmail. I use Geary because it focuses on one thing and does it well – e-mail – and it doesn’t try to also do all sorts of stuff I don’t want an e-mail client to do.
As a side note, KDE could really use a Geary-like simple e-mail client – because Kmail is not in a great state.
I’ll have to disagree with you there.
As I see it, the problem isn’t that things like Thunderbird, Evolution, or Outlook do too much… it’s that they’re not integrated enough.
E-Mail and RSS and Twitter and so on should be in the same program… because it’s counter-productive to silo incoming messages based on the underlying technology.
If I want messages from two RSS feeds and an e-mail filter that matches e-mails from various fanfiction sites to wind up in the same “new chapters to read” folder, I should be able to do that.
Likewise for calendaring and TODOs. The most useful form of a TODO is often an e-mail (complete with intact context) with a checkbox, deadline, and one-line synopsis tacked onto it.
We never really recovered the versatility that physical desks imparted. To be able to take incoming mail, annotate it, stick it in a heterogeneous bundle with arbitrary other objects, etc.