Even more on the Sunbird/Lightning decision
There have been a lot of questions asked since our announcement, that we're discontinuing Sunbird, because several main contributors can no longer work full-time on the project. I want to use this post to try to answer as many questions as I can.
- Various people have asked for the Mozilla Foundation or Mozilla Messaging to step in and help us out.
Short answer: They already are helping us out.
Long answer: Mozilla Messaging is already helping us out on the build engineering side and the Mozilla Foundation is actively working with us to make it possible for people to donate to the Calendar Project via the Mozilla Foundation.
- Raffael asked: "How close are you working together with Spicebird? Are there other projects like Spicebird that could contribute code to Lightning?
We are working together with the Spicebird people. Their calendar code is mostly based on our code. We are also working closely together with the folks from SoGo.
- Sunbirduser said: "The most important question is not whether sunbird or lightning will be stopped, but how to get new interesting people into the project and how to get more developers. This is the work of the project leader!
Like Philipp said in his original announcement
Our next release will include Sunbird, but subsequent releases won't unless new contributors take on the work.and
This is really a tremendous opportunity for anyone who is interested and willing to help make a difference here for the project and its hundreds of thousands of users -- get involved!Things will happen if someone actually steps up and makes them happen. That is how it works in the open source space. Philipp is very important as the project's lead developer, but he's not anyone's boss and can't command anyone to do something. Interested people will need to step up and do something, then Sunbird can live on.