Thunderbird 24 Is Days Away, Mozilla Gets Back To Work


Thunderbird, the mysteriously abandoned (sort-of) open source mail client makes its return on September 17th.  Faithful users have been marooned on version 17, receiving only maintenance tune-ups along the way, but that’s all set to change.

So, what’s changed?

  • In the Compose window, ctrl/cmd + and ctrl/cmd – now change the zoom setting rather than the font size.
  • The Twitter API has been updated to use v1.1, the current version (bug 857049)

What’s been fixed?

  • Various improvements to the filter list dialog.
  • Lots of fixes and improvements to the chat.
  • Emails can now be sent to IDN based email addresses (bug 127399)
  • LDAP passwords are correctly saved again (bug 833971)
  • Fix a memory leak when closing the compose window (a href=”″>bug 765074)

…And bugs galore.

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Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • Alan

    Wow, looking at the release notes for all the betas in between 17 and 24, there must be 1,000 bug fixes! I’m really looking forward to this release… we’re hurting on version 17!

    • lordpenguin

      I live in Thunderbird. Let’s hope that things turn back around.

      • jeff_albertson

        I went from using Netscape mail in the mid 90’s to Thunderbird in 2004-5 and thats all Ive ever used. Tried a lot but never committed to another client. All the many friends (and all my extended family that I have moved to Linux) that Ive help steer towards free software, FF, TB and OO (now LO) still use TB every single day.
        Along with the browser and chat/video, it is what communications is all about.

        Can you do a more in depth look at whats happening (sort of). I understood that Mozilla was only going to provide critical updates but that the community was going to be responsible for moving forward and innovating.
        How is that separation of tasks working?

        from their site:
        Mozilla is focusing a lot of its efforts towards important web and mobile projects, while Thunderbird remains a pure desktop only email client. We have come to the conclusion that continued innovation on Thunderbird is not a priority for Mozilla and that the most critical needs for the product are on-going security and stability. In fact, it is quite possible that Thunderbird is already pretty much what its users want and there is not a high demand for innovation in this field.

        However, we do recognize that there is a very large number of users (more than 20 million) who use Thunderbird and rely on it on a daily basis, sometimes for the most mission critical tasks. Furthermore, Thunderbird is one of the very few truly free and open source multi-platform email application available today and we want to defend these values.

        In order to manage these two perspectives, we are proposing to adapt the Thunderbird release and governance model in a way that allows both ongoing security and stability maintenance as well as community driven innovations for the product. We are opening this plan for discussion to individuals and organizations interested in maintaining and advancing Thunderbird in the future. We are looking for your feedback, comments and suggestions to refine and adapt the plan in the best possible way.

        Governance model
        Thunderbird is driven by a lightweight structure, focusing on producing security updates and suited to welcome community contributed innovations:
        Thunderbird modules owners remain in charge of their module and allow community contributions innovation on their own merits. Module ownership is open to any contributor and can evolve over time.
        The Release Drivers team produces the Thunderbird updates every six weeks and works with module owners on the planning and integration of the community contributed innovations.
        Mozilla continues to provide paid staff, logistics and infrastructure for the release drivers team to produce updates and new releases with the same level of quality than today. Support continues to be provided by the Thunderbird community and Mozilla continues to provide the required infrastructure.

  • de

    what I would like to see is a dual-OS binary, meaning that I have one folder with files and wo binaries to run. Windows and Linux one.

    • Edud

      If I understand you correctly, you are asking for a binary to work under Windows and under Linux?? How would that ever be possible?

      As is, the profiles are compatible across systems, so you CAN dual-boot and work off the same profile (it’s what I do.)

      Just keep the profile on the Windows (NTFS) partition and load it as well in your fstab in Linux. Make a shortcut to it in your .thunderbird directory and tada! I think that is already OUTSTANDING in an email program and the reason why I love thunderbird.

  • Aldi

    Always good to hear news about Thunderbird. Thunderbird and Lightning are the two pieces of software I use most time of the day. I have heard someone saying that TB is done, but I can imagine a million improvements and fixes to it. I hope that Thunderbird will always fly!

  • UUUnicorn

    I’d very much like to see an optional video/audio chat feature included in Thunderbird, if possible.

  • Eddie O’Connor

    Have been using TB since 13!!….Cannot WAIT to get my hands on this latest version!!