The extension system of the Thunderbird electronic mail consumer is altering. The electronic mail consumer relies on Firefox code to a big diploma and since Mozilla modified the extension system to WebExtensions, it was solely a matter of time earlier than Thunderbird’s extension system could be converted as effectively.
The course of began with the discharge of Thunderbird 68. Extension builders had to update their extensions in order that customers may proceed to use them within the new model of the e-mail consumer. Some extensions, these not up to date by their builders, usually are not suitable with Thunderbird 68 already.
The growth staff plans to finalize the add-on system adjustments in Thunderbird 78 (anticipated to be launched in June 2020). The staff notes that builders of legacy extensions have two choices going ahead:
- Convert the extension to a MailExtension.
- Convert the extension to a Web Extension Experiment.
MailExtensions are WebExtensions however with “some added options particular to Thunderbird”. Thunderbird builders ought to desire the system “to ensure future compatibility”.
Thunderbird extension developer Jonathan Kamens maintains eleven add-ons for the e-mail consumer at present. Extensions like Send Later, Reply to Multiple Messages, userchromeJS, or IMAP Received Data have both been created by him straight or taken over to ensure that they continue to be accessible for customers of the e-mail consumer.
Kamens created a Kickstarter campaign to assist continued growth of the extensions and to ensure that the extensions will stay suitable with Thunderbird 78 and future variations of the e-mail consumer.
He determined to use a subscription mannequin however with the choice of buying a perpetual license for all present and future add-ons.
Interested customers could pay $5, $10 or $25 per yr to achieve entry to one, three or all extensions for the interval of two years. The perpetual license is offered for $50 and ensures entry to all add-ons for one person (together with new add-ons).
Paid signifies that the extensions will not be accessible free of charge when Thunderbird 78 launches. Kamens notes that he could be happy equally if different extension builders would take over a number of the extensions to ensure that they continue to be suitable with Thunderbird 78 and future variations of the e-mail consumer, and that that is additionally an possibility to hold these extensions freed from cost.
This Kickstarter campaign may very well assist me discover individuals prepared to take over my add-ons and keep them free of charge. If this campaign succeeds, and a few of my add-ons do get adopted by new maintainers, then I will pay them from the proceeds of the campaign. Having that on provide could assist me appeal to new maintainers for my add-ons, so you could get to hold utilizing the add-ons free of charge even after the licenses I am providing on this campaign would have expired.
With 56 days to go, €18,530 has already been collected. The objective of the campaign has been set to €45,340.
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