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

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Spicebird/Thunderbird - fully free enough ?
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 20:26:42 +0200
User-agent: Thunderbird (X11/20090824)

A.J. Venter schreef:
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 ?

In gNewSense, Thunderbird was stopped from recommending non-free extensions and themes by modifying /etc/thunderbird/pref/thunderbird.js. That's just a configuration change, so the trademark issue didn't come into play (any more than it does for Ubuntu, anyway).

The major problem with Firefox is that references to the Flash plugin (and other non-free plugins) is baked into it. AFAIK, that is not a problem with Thunderbird. The trademark thing is annoying, but not such a problem that we need a special Gnuzilla version of it.

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