Ubuntu: Is there a future replacement for thunderbird Yet?



Question:

I have been thunderbird user even before was included in default apps. I have never loved Evolution and all alternative at that time were either not mature enough or single accounts.

Recentely I saw that Mozilla Thunderbird is lagging behind firefox (FF21 TB17) which is not a good sign to me and I thought its time to look for any alterative to start getting used to. I have five accounts and am not willing to use Web interface.

What is alternative that can handle multi account yet with bright future?


Solution:1

Version numbers are just numbers

One can't say that Google Chrome 27 is ahead of Firefox 21 just by judging from the numbers. Likewise isn't Thunderbird 17 dead if there's a Firefox 21.

Note that Thunderbird is still maintained and the latest release (17.0.6) was just a few weeks ago (May 14, 2013).

I do see what you mean though, as up to version 17 (from 5 on) has been in sync with Firefox and Gecko version numbers. Wikipedia on Thunderbird for example:

Thunderbird development releases occur in three stages, called Beta, Earlybird and Daily, which correspond to Firefox's Beta, Aurora and Nightly stages. The release dates and Gecko versions are exactly the same as Firefox; for example, Firefox 7 and Thunderbird 7 were both released on September 27, 2011, and were both based on Gecko 7.0.

To me this is just a convention and version numbers don't necessarily mean anything just from the number.

After 17 will be 24

According to the current state of the Mozilla.org Releases page, the next Thunderbird stable release will be numbered 24 and is planned for release in the week of September 17, 2013.

Thunderbird 23 will be available in the beta channel in the week of June 24, 2013, but won't be released as stable as far as I can see.


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