Full Article Attached Major Roadmap Update Centers Around Phoenix, Thunderbird; 1.4 Branch to Replace 1.0; Changes Planned for Module Ownership Model

Wednesday April 2nd, 2003

In the most radical change to the Mozilla project since the late 1998 decision to rewrite much of the code, today announced a major new roadmap proposal that will see Phoenix and Thunderbird (also known as Minotaur) becoming the focus of future development. According to the roadmap, 1.4 is likely to be the last milestone of the traditional Mozilla suite and the 1.4 branch will replace the 1.0 branch as the stable development path. is also proposing changes to the module ownership model including a move towards stronger leadership and the removal of mandatory super-review in some cases. Please click the Full Article link to read the full analysis.

#133 Re: Then...

by AlexBishop <>

Thursday April 3rd, 2003 12:08 PM

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"Isn't TBird the XUL toolkit, not the new mail client?"

Minotaur and Thunderbird have kind of a complicated past. At various times they've been separate peojects and at other times, they've been considered to be the same thing.

The current setup is that Minotaur is the project to get Mail & Newsgroups running all by itself, without the need for the rest of Mozilla (specifically Navigator and Composer) to be installed. Thunderbird is the project to build a Minotaur-based mail client that uses the Phoenix toolkit and follows the Phoenix design philosophy (small is better and all that).

If you download a Minotaur build today, I think you're really downloading Thunderbird (but then it's not using the Phoenix toolkit yet, so maybe you're not).

It's further complicated by the fact that the name 'Thunderbird' still needs to be rubber-stamped by the lawyers (hopefully by Friday, along with the new Phoenix name).

It's something like that, anyway.