Open source email client Thunderbird finds ‘new home’

Thunderbird is one of the better options if you want to access e-mail from a desktop client. But the outlook for this open source tool has been a bit of a twist in recent years, following Mozilla’s decision to stop supporting it. But there was a lot of love for Thunderbird, which survived and even developed with user donations. Now, this well-known e-mail client has found a new home.

“As of today, the Thunderbird project will be run by MZLA Technologies Corporation, a new wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation,” said Philipp Kewisch, lead director of Thunderbird. ”

Open source email client Thunderbird finds 'new home'

The good news is that the change in control will not have an impact on Thunderbird’s day-to-day operations. It will continue to be free and open source, with the same release schedule as ever, and the people in the development community will continue to work as ever.

All that is done in the short term will make Thunderbird’s future more stable, but it could also bring many welcome benefits. As Kewisch explains:

Moving to MZLA Technologies Corporation will not only give the Thunderbird project greater flexibility and agility, but will also enable us to explore products and services that the Mozilla Foundation cannot provide to our users. This will allow the project to collect revenue through partnerships and non-charitable contributions, which in turn can be used to cover the cost of new products and services.

For some time to come, the Thunderbird project team’s vision is to “hire more easily, act more quickly, and seek ideas that were previously impossible.”