Change of release and governance model for Thunderbird
Jul 6th, 2012
- Hello Mozillians:
- On Monday Mitchell Baker will be posting on the future of Thunderbird.
- We'd like you to be aware of it before it goes public. However, this
- is *confidential* until the post is pushed live Monday afternoon PDT.
- Please don't tweet, blog or discuss on public mailing lists before
- In summary, we've been focusing efforts towards important web and
- mobile projects, such as B2G, while Thunderbird remains a pure
- desktop-only email client. We have come to the conclusion that
- continued innovation on Thunderbird is not the best use of our
- resources given our ambitious organizational goals. The most critical
- needs for the product are on-going security and stability for our 20+
- millions users.
- However, Thunderbird is one of the very few truly free and open source
- multi-platform email applications available today and we want to
- defend these values. We're not "stopping" Thunderbird, but proposing
- we adapt the Thunderbird release and governance model in a way that
- allows both ongoing security and stability maintenance, as well as
- community-driven innovation and development for the product. This will
- mean an eventual shift in how we staff Thunderbird at Mozilla
- Corporation - we are still working out details, but some people will
- likely end up on other Mozilla projects.
- We are going to open this plan for public discussion to individuals
- and organizations interested in maintaining and advancing Thunderbird
- in the future on Monday. We are looking for your feedback, comments
- and suggestions to refine and adapt the plan in the best possible way
- throughout the summer so we can share a final plan of action in early
- September 2012.
- If you have any questions prior to Monday please reach out to me
- [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Mitchell [email@example.com]. Again, this
- information is for Mozillians-only until Mitchell's post goes live.
- Jb Piacintino
- Thunderbird Managing Director
- Additional information:
- New release and governance model for Thunderbird will be available
- here concurrently to Mitchell's post:
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- Oh, you'd like to repudiate the headline? Not necessarily because it's
- inaccurate, but because, well... it just hasn't been massaged into the
- right form, has it?
- We're not "stopping" Thunderbird, but proposing we adapt the
- Thunderbird release and governance model in a way that allows both
- ongoing security and stability maintenance, as well as
- community-driven innovation and development for the product. This
- will mean an eventual shift in how we staff Thunderbird at Mozilla
- Corporation - we are still working out details, but some people
- will likely end up on other Mozilla projects.
- Means this:
- The Thunderbird team at the Mozilla Corporation (the one absorbed
- from Mozilla Messaging) will be essentially dissolved. A few will
- be allowed to continue development as their primary "assignment",
- in a token gesture. Others *will* continue to work on
- Thunderbird, of course, but it will be in their free time. In
- that sense, they could just as well be spending their time
- analyzing the history of East Asian pottery glazing techniques,
- but with this, we'll be able to point to them and say "Look!
- See? They're-- C'mon, they're still there. See?"
- This will happen in a half-sincere* hope that a "community-driven"
- model will come up and take over, leaving unpaid volunteers and
- contemporary open source companies to fill the gaps.
- (*) Whether or not this is successful is not really much a
- And a more broadly focused post script that won't necessarily make
- sense to those outside Mozilla (or even a good chunk of those within):
- The fact that this message was marked "confidential" is part of a
- deeply, deeply troubling trend. The biggest irony? Uninitiated
- employees--those being discussed in .governance right now, and who
- feel that there's actually quite a lot at Mozilla that shouldn't
- happen in the public--will point to this incident to try to make their
- point, in a tremendous display of Not Fucking Getting It.
- Let's rewind a year or three, MoCo.
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