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    Default Thunderbird ceasing support?

    Howdy,

    I read somewhere that Mozilla is ceasing support or something like that
    for Thunderbird soon, and will be handing it over to the open source
    community? Anyone know any details on that and how it will affect those
    of us who use Thunderbird?

    I use Thunderbird and Kmail, going back and forth between the 2 from
    time to time.

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    On 11/03/2012 01:34 AM, golson765 wrote:
    > Anyone know any details on that and how it will affect those
    > of us who use Thunderbird?


    "how will it affect us" is a question requiring a prediction of the
    future...my crystal ball is cloudy..

    as for the known details, you can read all about those, here
    http://tinyurl.com/ccasrh3

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    Default Re: Thunderbird ceasing support?

    Quote Originally Posted by golson765 View Post
    Howdy,
    Anyone know any details on that and how it will affect those
    of us who use Thunderbird?
    Thunderbird 17.0 which is currently in beta will be both a mainstream, and ESR release, both receiving security and stability releases, until version 24.0, which will be the next mainstream and ESR release, but the mainstream version may get feature updates if warranted, is the way I understand it.

    More information

    Adjusting the way Thunderbird is managed | The Mozilla Thunderbird Blog

    You can read the tb-planning mailing list archives here.

    https://mail.mozilla.org/pipermail/tb-planning/

    Get a better summary (rather than plodding through the mailing list) here.

    https://etherpad.mozilla.org/tb-releases

    Happy reading!
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    Mozilla has been talking about this for a few years now. There aren't really any features to add to an email client anymore, and TB has only been producing maintenance updates for quite a while. That plus most people use the web for their email anymore, and many have abandoned email altogether in favor of social media. Email clients aren't as important as they used to be. TB still is popular among clients, enough that there's a pretty strong community and somebody will surely take the task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief_sealth View Post
    Mozilla has been talking about this for a few years now. There aren't really any features to add to an email client anymore, and TB has only been producing maintenance updates for quite a while. That plus most people use the web for their email anymore, and many have abandoned email altogether in favor of social media. Email clients aren't as important as they used to be. TB still is popular among clients, enough that there's a pretty strong community and somebody will surely take the task.
    I don't know what version of Thunderbird (if any) you are using, but they have been doing more than producing maintenance updates.

    Starting with Thunderbird 3.0 - New Features and Changes - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

    Changes in Thunderbird 3.1 - New Features and Changes - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

    Then the first rapid release version 5.0 introduced a new Account Manager, Add-ons Manager and the Troubleshooting Information page.

    Version 6.0 - Default mail client check now works with newer Linux distributions

    Version 7.0

    • Several fixes to attachment handling
    • Ability to print a summary of selected email messages


    Version 8.0

    • Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
    • New Search and Find Shortcuts


    Version 9.0

    • New opt-in system for users to send performance and usability data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Thunderbird
    • Additional support for Personas in the compose and address book windows
    • Better keyboard handling for attachments


    Version 10.0

    • New opt-in system for users to send performance and usability data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Thunderbird
    • Additional support for Personas in the compose and address book windows
    • Better keyboard handling for attachments


    Version 11.0 Makes it look nice.

    • New user interface with Tabs above the main menu bar to facilitate navigation and make it more contextual


    Version 12.0

    • Global Search results now include message extracts in the results


    Version 13.0

    • Filelink: Upload your files to an online storage service and send links to your friends, avoiding bounce back due to large attachments. We have partnered with YouSendIt to bring this feature, but additional partners will be added in the near future.


    • In partnership with Gandi and Hover, you can now sign up for a personalized email address from within Thunderbird. Along with your new email address, Thunderbird will be automatically set up and ready to send and receive messages. We are working with additional suppliers to cover more areas of the world and to provide more options in the future.


    Version 14.0 No New Features

    Version 15.0 The one I really like and use, Multi-Channel Chat (love lurking in the channels on irc.mozilla.org)

    • Multi-Channel Chat: You now can enjoy real time conversation with your contacts, right from your favorite messaging application. (Supports Facebook Chat, Google Talk, IRC, Twitter, XMPP, and 10 more can be added with an extension that includes ICQ, Groupwise, AIM, and Yahoo)


    • Do Not Track: This option has been implemented as an addition to Search the Web.
    • Ubuntu One is now supported in Filelink - the option to upload large attachments to online storage services.
    • New User Interface: Thunderbird is replicating the new look and feel of Mozilla Firefox in an effort to provide a similar user experience across all Mozilla software desktop or mobile and all platforms. (More like pioneering than replicating)


    Finally Version 16.0

    • We have now added box.com to the list of online storage services that are available for use with Thunderbird Filelink
    • Silent, background updates. Thunderbird will now download and apply updates in the background allowing you to start quickly the next time Thunderbird starts up.


    Version 17.0 will have the new AppMenu button, and then we wait until a new mainstream or the next ESR, for the new address book, and maildir support. Maybe.
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    Default Re: Thunderbird ceasing support?

    That's good to see, although few of these actually look like new "features." I'll admit, I haven't used TB in a while (not since TB 3 or so) and only know what I've read about it. It's always been an excellent mail client, and it will still have life no matter what the Mozilla team decides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief_sealth View Post
    . . . many have abandoned email altogether in favor of social media. Email clients aren't as important as they used to be
    Perhaps but social media is like email in the 1980s - you can only send messages to people on the same system; only when social media do what email did twenty years ago will email cease to be important. Also I don't see any evidence that its use to communicate about business is declining. Indeed, I am increasingly getting tickets directly by email rather than by post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    Perhaps but social media is like email in the 1980s - you can only send messages to people on the same system; only when social media do what email did twenty years ago will email cease to be important. Also I don't see any evidence that its use to communicate about business is declining. Indeed, I am increasingly getting tickets directly by email rather than by post.
    Where I work, email is becoming less and less important. Tickets are being submitted primarily by the web or by phone. We still get email requests, but not as many as we once did. In fact, the help desk mailbox gets filled mainly by all-campus communications and FYIs. IM and social network communication are preferred. Email still has a role, and it won't go away soon. But it isn't as critical as it once was.

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