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In a blog entry written yesterday, Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker discusses plans to create a new organizational structure for Thunderbird so that Mozilla can focus exclusively on the Firefox web browser.

Mozilla's CEO is concerned that the organization can't give Thunderbird the attention it needs without degrading its efforts to continue building and supporting the Firefox ecosystem. The top priority, Baker says, should be "delivering the web, mostly through browsing and related services." What Thunderbird needs now, according to Baker, is "a separate organization focused on Thunderbird [that] will both be able to move independently and will need to do so to deepen community and user involvement."

Mozilla wants to give the Thunderbird project more autonomy and create an independent organizational structure that is better equipped to the needs of the Thunderbird community. Baker hopes that placing the responsibility for managing Thunderbird in the hands of an independent body will create new potential for innovation and help the project achieve broader community involvement.

In order to facilitate public discussion, Baker articulates the benefits and challenges of three potential organizational models. Mozilla could create a nonprofit Thunderbird Foundation, establish a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation just for Thunderbird, or push Thunderbird back into the community and help the Thunderbird developers create their own independent services and consulting company...
Thunderbird is great!

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...-can-soar.html
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Great news
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Whats thunderbird exactly?
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Thunderbird is the FREE (better) alternative to outlook express... or whatever MS is calling it these days...
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Oh that...i just use hotmail and msn
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I've use thunderbird, its better than outlook. But i still hate the idea of mail clients overall. They seem to be for the really really slow folk that can't even type in www.yahoo.com.
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I love thunderbird
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I love thunderbird
Same here. It's great and easy to use. I'm not sure about the newer versions of Outlook, but I have Outlook 2000 at work and it SUCKS. Everything is badly placed and the hotkeys are beyond retarded. AND Thunderbird is free.
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I never found email clients useful :/ I just use gmail :x
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I never found email clients useful :/ I just use gmail :x
LOL same, and don't ask.
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