Friday, 1 July 2011

What happened to Thunderbird 4?

I have been using Mozilla Thunderbird since version 2.0. Recently I saw a version bump directly from 3.x to 5.0. This is because Mozilla wanted to keep the version numbering same as Firefox. From the release notes, the main reason for such a bump seems to be the new Gecko 5 engine.

Recently Firefox versions have come up very fast. By the time add-ons became compatible with Firefox 4.x, Firefox 5.0 was out and some add-ons are incompatible with it. Mozilla should slow down the release cycle, decide what it wants to implement as part of its next release cycle and provide a feature rich and stable browser.

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