[Maildev] Packaging of Thunderbird for Linux

Ben Bucksch ben.bucksch at beonex.com
Tue Dec 19 18:32:56 EST 2017

FWIW, the Ubuntu package works fine.

I can see that Snaps et.al. might be useful for other platforms.

Whatever we choose, automatic updates must be built into the system. It 
should not be left to manual user action. That's important for security.

If we did that, I think it would be Tom Prince implementing it, right? 
Or do the package communities volunteer to set up the package?


Am 19.12.2017 um 23:48 schrieb Ryan Sipes:
> Hello!
> Those of you who know me likely know that my background is in the 
> world of Linux. Upon talking to various folks in the Linux community, 
> I have begun to hear complaints about using TB on various distros and 
> problems that they experience as a result.
> My proposal is to begin packaging via Snaps 
> <https://forum.snapcraft.io/t/looking-to-snap-up-thunderbird/3253/2>, 
> Flatpak <https://flatpak.org/>, or AppImage <https://appimage.org/> 
> for the platform (we can choose just one, we don't have to support all 
> three). They all deal with the libraries issue in slightly different 
> ways, but from an end-user perspective are pretty good these days (no 
> real big issues with any of them).
> I know the developers behind each of the projects personally and would 
> be happy to help with introductions and they would likely be happy to 
> assist us in implementing spitting out these packages as part of our 
> process. What I'm proposing is this: let's put out one of these so 
> that we can better engage with our Linux users. I'm not interested in 
> having a discussion about which one we use as they have their merits 
> and downsides. If you have knowledge and/or are willing to help with 
> building one of these, please weigh in.
> Ryan Sipes
> Thunderbird Community Manager
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