Poor Thunderbird. It’s a fantastic email client, but Mozilla would rather focus its efforts on Firefox – especially with increasing competition from Chrome/Chromium and other browsers. So the Mozilla team would like to hand Thunderbird over to someone else, but where should it go? Simon Phipps (whose words appear in the hallowed pages of Linux Voice!) has prepared a report looking at various options for the email software.
For instance, the Software Freedom Conservancy is interesting in taking it over, while The Document Foundation (the non-profit behind LibreOffice) is another alternative. In any case, whoever takes on Thunderbird needs the infrastructure and resources to support a big and popular open source project.
So let us know: where do you think Thunderbird belongs? Should it be handed over to an existing entity, or should a new one (eg The Thunderbird Foundation) be established? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and we’ll read out the best in our next podcast.