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[GNU-linux-libre] Spicebird/Thunderbird - fully free enough ?

From: A.J. Venter
Subject: [GNU-linux-libre] Spicebird/Thunderbird - fully free enough ?
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 08:24:32 +0200

Hi all,
Based on a news report I went to look at spicebird, a program I had
previously ignored as it was under a EULA - but it has since been
trilicensed under the MPL, GPL and LGPL (apparently to comply with the
GPL requirements from SamePlace which it uses extensively).

Thus it's own licensing is good - however it also supports thunderbird
extensions - and presumably, like it's parent is not doing anything to
filter out non-free extensions from the list.
All our distro's have been actively involved in ensuring a fully-free
web-browser is available through projects like icecat, but I haven't
seen much happening in terms of the mail client side. Kongoni's
default is kmail/kontact where this is not an issue as there is no
extension marketplace, but the most popular desktop mail app remains
thunderbird (and presumably in the enterprise space spin-offs like
So - has there been any work done to try and provide a trademark-safe
version of thunderbird that doesn't recomend non-free
extensions/themes ? Like we have firefox in IceCat and it's Ilk ? I
haven't found any (but it may just not have made the news as much
because frankly, it's a smaller issue than web-browsers, there's a lot
more variety in the mail space) - if there isn't... shouldn't we be
doing something about that - or do we settle for recommending (and
ourselves only shipping) projects like kmail and such over projects
like thunderbird ?


A.J. Venter
Founder and lead developer, Kongoni GNU/Linux - Blog

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