(888) 554-9990

Get Better Hosting
 
2 Comments

Thunderbirds Last Flight

Earlier this week, the Mozilla Foundation put out an announcement that distills to this:

To be more specific, Mozilla will no longer focus on developing innovations for Thunderbird but will keep it safe and stable … Mozilla will also provide all the infrastructure required for new, community-developed features to be integrated in upcoming Thunderbird releases.

In a nutshell, they are announcing the retirement of Thunderbird. Citing the reason of the project not being their “top priority,” which, in plain English means they lost the war to Gmail & Co on the mail side and they are going to focus like a laser so the same thing won’t happen on the browser. As of June 2012, Firefox holds 30% less market share than Google Chrome and is losing ground quickly.

Contrary to popular belief, open source software is just as expensive to develop as any commercial product, but the costs come in different ways. The same, professional high quality programmers, spend weeks and months contributing their code to a versioning repository where it’s reviewed, QA’d and then released. This is the same intense and expensive process as followed by Microsoft, Google, Apple and any other large development house. Sometimes these coders are working for a corporation with their full time being devoted to a single project, sometimes they are working out of their basement as unpaid volunteers. The Mozilla Foundation is no longer participating in this effort which means the open source world just lost an important ally. Thunderbird has been under the Mozilla umbrella since inception and it’s not likely that the OSS community will keep it going. Of course bug fixes and security patches will be available for some time but the writing on the wall is clear.

Which is pretty sad for users like us who are not using gmail or webmail interface and require a fast and flexible IMAP application to plow through a 10GB mailbox at local application speed, keyboard shortcuts and unrivaled ease of use.

However, time moves on and we need to look ahead. The IT landscape is littered with the remains of indispensable applications like ACT!, Eudora, Google Wave and others that had a sizable following at one time.

We’re currently considering other options like Mac Mail and Outlook Express to recommend to our customers, and we’d love to hear what you’re using.

anonymous | 2013/07/30

The current state of email clients has slightly changed since this posting. I must say, I do prefer using Gmail’s browser-based client. It’s quite convenient. This is why I usually look for Squirrel Mail at my hosting providers as it provides a very similar experience to what Gmail provides the user.

Then of course for those of us who are terminal lovers, who doesn’t have a muttrc laying around somewhere that they freshen up from time to time? :p

Respond

artur | 2013/07/30

I hear you, but honestly keep coming back to thunderbird and other imap clients. Gmail is fast and full of shortcuts but managing several mailboxes is still easier and faster through a standalone program.

Respond

Write a Comment




There is not a place on this Planet that you can get better service, support or hosting!

Pat

Excellent response to questions and issues. Fabulous uptimes. Personable tech support.

Lisa Cowan

We at Alico have 4 domain names which we started subscribing at eBoundHost since more than 4 years. In brief they are the best webhosting provider with a sexy Control Panel and perfect fast response support.

Ahmed Hussein
AlicoUAE

I was just looking over our emails and adding up how much time you guys have taken to get me squared away with my new eboundhost account. I can't tell you what a relief it is to have fast, dependable hosting and the kind of immediate support I've gotten from you, after having struggled with a sub-standard host for years. eboundhost has, in the short time I've been with you, already saved me hundreds of dollars of billable time. My thanks.

Bart W

I came to eBoundHost after a very bad experience with a so called "big boy" - you know one of those places you are only a number. I have been a satisfied customer for more than 4 years now. The support is second to none.

Gary Hutchison

SUPER SUPPORT - even during "off hours" - Sundays & holidays. Responses have always been within minutes of the initial call or email. The BEST vendor I have ever used in my 10 plus years as a webhosting services consumer.

EG Pursley

eBoundHost is really the best hosting service in today's marketplace. Fast and efficient customer service with excellent IT knowledge. Good price and many bundled extra options. Highly recommended!

Goran Paunovic
Artversion Creative Agency

I waited to write a review until I had absolutely everything working, thinking that something would come up that eboundhost couldn't solve almost immediately. I've never been so happy to be wrong - their customer support is just incredible.

Shannon I

eBoundHost.com has been a dream to work with. My questions are answered in minutes, the price is very reasonable, the interface is great, I am very happy with how smooth everything works.

Paul

EXCELLENT across the board, super quick reply to questions (about 15-30min). Outstanding! Loads of features, excellent price! Loads of space and bandwidth!

Beau B.

1) Their technical support people are always available to help with questions. 2)Server and network speed excellent. 3)Everything works great. 4)I highly recommend them!!!Thank you.

Jindrich Radic

Awesome Service And Excellent Customer Service!

Cory Farbman

Every time I have contacted my host provider. They have responded with speed, courtesy and accuracy they are professional and a joy to work with.

P. LaGambina

Over the years, I've dealt with many companies. None come close to equaling the service and price offered by eBoundHost.

Jerry Stark

I'm Stan Bogdashin, a customer of your hosting company for the past 2 years. Our company provides web design, development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services. Want to thank you for helping us by providing great hosting seamless support - this is why I continue to recommend you and don't use anyone else for hosting!

Stan Bogdashin

From using your hosting services for dozens of web clients and appreciating your wonderful customer service (all the while enjoying spending my meaty affiliate checks), I look forward to growing with you and watching you evolve surely and steadily into a powerhouse of a force to be reckoned with for your competitors. In an overcrowded abyss of hosting providers it is an absolute MUST to stand out above the crowd if you want to claim your stake and play with the big boys. Period. All I can say is this...Look Out World - GAME ON!!!

S. Gino

Every time I call with a problem or question, Everyone, especially Denis has always stepped up to the occasion. As usual he solved yet another problem I had. You have a superlative customer service. It doesn't get any better. Keep it up guys.

Jason M

I have worked with many hosting companies over the course of my years in the website building and design business. I can say with certainty that eBoundHost.com is among the elite companies. I would and have recommended them to anyone.

Jim Nickerson

eBoundHost provides the very best service I've experienced in hosting. It takes less than 24h to get an answer to any question. They're great.

Fabien Papleux

Great customer service. After looking around for a while we signed up with eBoundHost. And I can assure you that we made right decision. Customer service is so good that I don't have words to explain. I would recommend this service to everyone.

Keval

Find the right cloud VPS Size for your website

Smaller websites with less traffic

Multiple websites or large traffic-intensive websites

1
CPUs
1.5
GB RAM
50
GB Storage
2
TB Transfer

$25/month

Get Started

30 day money back

cPanel™ Included!

2
CPUs
3
GB RAM
100
GB Storage
3
TB Transfer

$40/month

Get Started

30 day money back

cPanel™ Included!

4
CPUs
5
GB RAM
200
GB Storage
5
TB Transfer

$50/month

Get Started

30 day money back

cPanel™ Included!

6
CPUs
7
GB RAM
450
GB Storage
7
TB Transfer

$65/month

Get Started

30 day money back

cPanel™ Included!

8
CPUs
9
GB RAM
600
GB Storage
10
TB Transfer

$99/month

Get Started

30 day money back

cPanel™ Included!

10
CPUs
10
GB RAM
1000
GB Storage
12
TB Transfer

$125/month

Get Started

30 day money back