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    In parallel, Thunderbird worked to develop a revenue stream, which would be needed regardless of an eventual home. So the Thunderbird Council arranged to collect donations from our users, with the Mozilla Foundation as fiscal sponsor. Many months of donations have developed a strong revenue stream that has given us the confidence to begin moving away from Mozilla-hosted infrastructure, and to hire a staff to support this process. Our infrastructure is moving to thunderbird.net and we’re already running some Thunderbird-only services, like the ISPDB (used for auto configuring users’ email accounts), on our own.

    This is how you great the nonprofit-industrial complex. Like, for maintaining a codebase by volunteers, they don’t need “revenue streams”.

    I’m also a bit concerned that, if they decide to “get technical independence” from Mozilla, it’s actually code for “rewrite the functioning Gecko code”. CADT ensues.

    Maybe I should brush up on my mutt.

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      Heh. Similar thoughts. The obvious would be “throw it on github”. I don’t personally like GitHub so much, but it’s there and lots of organizations use it. Without councils commissioning reports, I might add.

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      Just let the poor thing die :-(

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        Is there a good alternative? I use mutt myself, but I know quite a few less technical people who use thunderbird every day.

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          I switched from using native email apps on my desktop to webmail a few years ago and haven’t really missed them very much.

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            Yep, good point. There are other decent graphical clients (eg, MailMate or Claws) but, IMHO, none have all the benefits of Thunderbird - open source, cross platform, pretty complete feature set, easy to use, etc. It’s certainly what I recommend to family and friends (I use mutt myself).