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Post Posted April 14th, 2016, 12:22 pm

Until recently there was a release calendar showing upcoming releases for both Thunderbird and Firefox for central, aurora and beta - as well as stable channels. I have tried to find the schedule for Thunderbird today and it seems to have disappeared! Firefox release schedules seem to be all that is included in the Mozilla releases. Does anyone know what this implies for the continued development of Thunderbird? Is this an indication of the previously announced news that Mozilla is no longer going to support Thunderbird development, and if so is there any current plan to continue development independently?
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Post Posted April 14th, 2016, 6:56 pm

This one, and also had SeaMonkey?

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It was never accurate for Thunderbird and SeaMonkey, so no great loss.
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Post Posted April 15th, 2016, 6:11 am

I had recently updated SeaMonkey and Thunderbird releases on that page since nobody else did it, and Firefox apparently cleared it now entirely ("This page was largely out-of-date an unmaintained with incorrect information. Dropped most of the page and left what I think is most relevant for the results of a search query for Firefox releases."). The future releases were rather unpredictable, given that neither Thunderbird nor SeaMonkey managed to keep up with the Firefox release schedule.

There is a historical snapshot of this page. For SeaMonkey, there is a separate list of releases at https://wiki.mozilla.org/SeaMonkey#Status.

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Post Posted April 15th, 2016, 7:56 am

I've created a new page https://wiki.mozilla.org/Releases/Old/2015 from the snapshot to at least retain the history for the 2015 releases to the extent it was maintained. The new page obviously covers Firefox only.

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Post Posted April 15th, 2016, 2:01 pm

I took the liberty to add a couple of links related to TB and SM to the "Releases" page, along with a link to the 2001-2015 archives. Let's see if those are allowed to persist.

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Post Posted April 15th, 2016, 4:26 pm

The page was wiped to the basics for Firefox by Lawrence Mandel who is Director of Releases for Mozilla. I guess he figured there was no point mentioning Thunderbird and SeaMonkey on the page at moment.

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Post Posted April 15th, 2016, 5:17 pm

Yeah, that figures - thus far other projects were only banned from the main pages on mozilla.org, the wiki was still more comprehensive (not user-facing anyway).

The main page suffers the same issue as that Releases page, showing "45.0.0 released some date in the past" in the banners, and Projects shows up in Portuguese now which nobody seems to have noticed since December 2015 and changed it back. :-s

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