Future Maintaining Thunderbird



I have been trying for a while to publish updates to the thunderbird snap (https://code.launchpad.net/~ken-vandine/thunderbird/snap/+activereviews) for a few months now. This build at least updates thunderbird to 60.6.1 and enables enigmail support and ubuntu 18 support. I have built this snap personally and all the features seem to work compared to the version offered in the snap store.

I was just wondering if it would be possible to maybe review the maintenance of this snap and maybe a transfer the maintenance/ownership to snapcrafters? I appreciate the work Ken Vandine and others have done to enable the snap but it is clear that the current solution is not keeping up with upstream updates.

As one of the few email clients on offer on the store, I think it’s a good idea to ensure this software is maintained. It also significantly benefits from being sandboxed.

Kind regards,


As I see from source this is just repackaged binaries from official mozilla tarball similarly to what mozilla does with firefox snap. That also means it comes with it own “updater” which will prompt users about fake update like Firefox auto update prompt .

Honestly I don’t think this is the quality we want from snaps. If you don’t want to build from source then at least repackage prebuild deb from mozilla-ppa bionic repo.


This was just an unofficial proof of concept that has never been published to stable. We have plans to build it from source and properly maintain it, we just aren’t there yet.