It’s Official: Thunderbird will be the default e-mail client for Ubuntu Oneiric

Word has just come down from Canonical:  Thunderbird will be the default e-mail client in Ubuntu Oneiric!

Woo!  And there was much rejoicing!

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Now, you might think this news is a bit late.  Thunderbird has been set as the default e-mail client on the past two Oneiric alphas.  Isn’t this old news?

Well, kinda, yeah.  But the thing is, those first alphas were just to get a sense of how Thunderbird would work as the default client, and to gather feedback.  At a moments notice, Canonical could have backed it out and switched it back to Evolution.

But they’ve given their thumbs up, and they’re fully on board.

So, at the risk of repeating myself:  come early October, Thunderbird will be shipped by default!  Woop!

UPDATE (Aug 10, 2:41PM EST)

I forgot to mention that this would not have been possible without the enormous efforts of both Chris Coulson and Andreas Nilsson!  You’re both awesome!

56 thoughts on “It’s Official: Thunderbird will be the default e-mail client for Ubuntu Oneiric

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  2. Angel

    Hey Mike, Thanks for sharing the news. I’m just wondering though will lightning be integrated with Ubuntu via Thunderbird the way the calendar has been in evolution in the past? By integrated I mean with the panel calendar and such?

  3. Mike Post author

    Hey Angel,

    So, during our discussions with Canonical, integrating Lightning with indicator-datetime panel applet was certainly brought up, but it wasn’t considered a deal-breaker if we couldn’t get it in in time for this cycle.

    Having said that, Lightning developer Phillip Kewisch has started work on an EDS calendar provider for Thunderbird – which is similar to my EDS Contacts Integration add-on, in that it acts as a front-end for manipulating EDS calendars.

    I’ve taken up the project, and am attempting to drive it forward. I’m unsure of how far I’ll get with it this cycle, but let it be known: we want Lightning to talk with EDS. 😀

    Hope that answers your question,

    -Mike

  4. Angel

    Thanks for the quick reply Mike, It’s great news that you do intend to try to get integration working. I look forward to seeing what the future holds

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  39. Jim

    So now _please_ can we have SyncML for Thunderbird? The funambol plugin development seems to have stopped at Thunderbird 2, and the v3 beta plugin is only available from non-official sites.

    SyncML was the only thing that Evolution was good at. So take the strength of Evolution, and make sure it appears in Thunderbird too. Otherwise we’ll have another Pidgin/Empathy situation where the replacement never really included the key features of what it was replacing.

    I hope the Thunderbird developers read this. Ubuntu One is a SyncML server is it not?

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  41. Mike Post author

    Hey Jim,

    Were you using SyncEvolution? I was just looking at their code, and it looks like you should still be able to sync your EDS address books, even if the Evolution front-end isn’t installed.

    So, you can view / edit your EDS address books in Thunderbird, and sync them to your mobile device with SyncEvolution. Is that what you were looking for?

    -Mike

  42. Jim

    I tried to get SyncEvolution standalone server to work for a day, but failed. The HowTo simply didn’t work as advertised so I gave up when compiling it from source failed as well.

    My current setup is an account at my.funambol.com (ie using Funambol server). I sync this between my two mobile phones (one Android, one SonyEricsson symbian) and two computers using the Thunderbird 3 plus dodgy beta plugin. This works great, but will stop working as soon as Thunderbird upgrades to 4.x because the plugin will no longer be compatible. Also Calendar sync doesn’t work with this, only Contacts. But that’s all I really need — synching Contacts between all my devices, and the ability to edit or add on any of them.

    So, my point is this: SyncML is the lingua franca of the sync world. Pretty much every mobile device supports it out of the box: Symbian, iOS, Android, Nokia, SonyEricsson. There are clients for Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac. Its pretty much the only solution that will let you sync Any Device you own to a central server. Ubuntu One is such a server.

    I hope you agree with me that with the current boom of mobile computing, and with multiple devices being owned by everyone, that the ability to sync information between them is increasingly important. Unfortunately the plugin project which will allow Thunderbird to do this is floundering, and it seems such an obvious thing to include in the base code of Thunderbird.

    If there are better venues for this discussion, I’ll happily repeat my plea, because its something which I think would help Ubuntu, as well as Thunderbird.

  43. Mike Post author

    Hey Jim,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    You’re absolutely right about mobile computing, and the need to bridge the sync gap between all of our individual devices.

    I’ve been fiddling with some ideas for a Thunderbird address book redesign. SyncML is a very interesting avenue for exploration – I promise I’ll investigate.

    -Mike

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