Thunderbird 3.0 in the tree

Four days ago, Mozilla Messaging made an announcement about the release of Thunderbird 3.0. This release has been a very long time in the making, and brings with it a very impressive list of features. Thanks to the work of Jory A. Pratt (anarchy), we Gentoo users have a quality ebuild for mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird-3.0 in the tree (committed the same day as the release itself)! It is, for obvious reasons, only available in the testing (~arch) repositories at this time, but if you would like to try some bright and shiny new software, I urge you to add it to your /etc/portage/package.keywords file. If you were already using Thunderbird 2.x, then I believe the only additional package that will require keywording is >=x11-plugins/enigmail-1.0.

After I have used this new release for some time, I will report back on my experiences. I hope that some of you Thunderbird users will do the same, and file bugs if necessary.

|:| Zach |:|


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    • Zach on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 at 20:31
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    I actually can’t take credit for getting it into the tree quickly, as I am not a part of that development team. However, I agree with you that it is fantastic as compared to 2.x. If you run into any issues regarding TB3.x, I urge you to file a bug report. 🙂

  1. this is a great improvement over 2.x — thanks to you and the team for getting it in the tree so quickly!

    • Zach on Sunday, 13 December 2009 at 18:10
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    Having Thunderbird use XULRunner has been in the works for some time now. I am not sure if that document is outdated or if the progress has paused. I’m sure that when upstream takes care of the issue, it will be rapidly worked into the ebuild.

  2. Why does Thunderbird ebuild not use xulrunner in the same way that Firefox ebuild does? It would be nice if they both used the same shared underlying library to save ram.

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