Thunderbird bz 579023 still not fixed even though there is an upstream fix available

Matt McCutchen matt at
Fri Apr 30 21:15:16 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-04-30 at 07:57 +0200, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> But of course the underlying true issue is that Mozilla is refusing to 
> guarantee backwards compatibility for the interfaces pretty much all 
> existing apps used and in several cases still use, instead trying to force 
> everyone to port to their new public API. I can't judge whether the original 
> interfaces were so poorly designed they really can't be kept compatible 
> (which reflects poorly on Mozilla) or whether they're just adding a useless 
> wrapper because they refuse to stay compatible (which reflects even more 
> poorly on them).

With the caveat that I'm not really familiar with the situation, I think
that assessment is unfair.  If Mozilla feels the private interfaces are
suboptimal and wants to adjust the design before committing to long-term
stability, I think that's a reasonable decision.  Let he who gets
everything right the first time throw the first stone.


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