Got the new Thunderbird 0.60.x release ? Got a load of extensions ? Good luck.
The devs at Mozilla and Thunderbird once again reveal their complete intransigence and blinkered vision.
Here's a really good summary:
TB 60 decided to jump on the new FF engine, and as Firefox with the 60 release, the following happened: - TB 60 doesn't have the WebExtension APIs required yet to develop FileLink extensions. See https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1481052 TB 63 "should" be the first TB version that includes the required API. At the time, the API is still being discussed. - Despite knowing several extensions won't work with TB 60, they still decided to disable "Legacy extensions" by default. Note that, contrarily to Firefox, TB extensions won't have *anything* in common with other browsers or clients, so there's no rush for "WebExtension" compatibility here. - TB also deliberately changed several APIs with TB 60, which they could have avoided. This broke existing "legacy" extensions exactly at the worst possible moment. - Cherry on top, TB also removed the installation of the xpcom SDK, which caused Debian to drop most of the utilities *needed* to fix/rebuild the extensions. Just like FF 60, I'm actually mad at how the transition was handled. TB is clearly understaffed, but there's no excuse for such a poor release handling. TB 60-62 will require a specific extension just for the transition period, and that code will have to be trashed again for TB 63.
'Possibly working in 0.63'? Are they taking the piss or just plain stupid?
I'm sick to the back teeth of the devs. If you dare to criticise you just get banned. Anything that is remotely considerd criticism is called offensive and you get kicked.
How many times I have I seen this?
"we think it is a great idea and you will too"
No we bloody well won't. There is crap and bugs that they have ignored for years.
Mozilla have left Thunderbird in the worst of all worlds. Technically hived off from Mozilla, but still run by Mozilla with an iron fist and with no chance of community input.
Thunderbird is still one of the best independent email clients around. It is just a crying shame that the management suck. Big.