Come Monday and the Mozilla Thunderbird cross-platform email and news client will be bracing itself for a major overhaul to its governance model. This confirmed news is based on a letter sent by the developer to all its community members, asking them to keep the announcement under wraps until Monday. But the letter has somehow surfaced on the web, confirming that the company is indeed not ‘stopping’ Thunderbird, but suggesting a new release and governance model for it.
This desktop-only email client which is rival to Microsoft’s Outlook Messenger, was first released in 2004, and has since seen a number of new features added to it. According to Mozilla, its continued innovation on this email platform its diverting resources away from their main focus, hence not complying with the company’s organizational goals.
“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,” an excerpt from the letter sent by Mozilla to its community, reads.
On Monday, this matter will be opened up for public discussion to all those who wish to maintain and advance Thunderbird in the future. Community feedback, comments and suggestions are being encouraged by the developer, but it has been confirmed that the final fate of the service will only be decided in September this year.
The option of complete closure has been ruled out by the company, thus the likelihood of Mozilla Thunderbird being sold off is one that has the most conviction.