I really want to like thunderbird…

September 19th, 2004 at 4:37 pm

So I’ve been using Mozilla.org‘s Thunderbird for quite some time now (since 0.2 I believe)… And I really want to like it. With thunderbird currently envisioning a mid-October 1.0 release, I still find my self constantly frustrated by thunderbird’s performance.

My primary gripe is with thunderbird’s IMAP support. Due to constantly coming across bug #224795 I forced to keeping my email client closed except when explicitly checking or sending messages.

Other little quirks keep appearing when changing folders or moving email around different folders (again always IMAP accounts, since I don’t use POP3 anywhere anymore). Thunderbird likes to crap out and no longer show the contents of folders, etc, etc. I’ve yet to bother searching for any corresponding bug entries in bugzilla because I find using bugzilla to be tedious and unmanageable.

So I continually find myself being tempted to switch back to Outlook. Of course, I just can’t bring myself to do it. As much as the quirks and bugs of thunderbird annoy me, I think it’s much better than the constantly discovered and exploited vulnerabilities of MS’s internet applications.

And one more another thing…

Why the hell does update.mozilla.org not have a search function?

Ok… I’m done my little rant.

While I expect thunderbird to mature someday to something quite solid… I don’t really feel like it’s progress from creation to 1.0 has been as strong as say another mozilla project. Perhaps thunderbird is being prematurely pulled towards 1.0 in order to coincide with it’s big brother‘s big 1.0.

2 Responses to “I really want to like thunderbird…”

  1. Patrick says:

    I have used Thunderbird exclusively for my IMAP mail account at school since version 0.3 and I have never experienced the said problem.

    I use IMAP over SSL, and SMTP over SSL. Never any problem copying the sent mail to the IMAP server. Could it be your mail provider?

  2. brent says:

    I’ve noticed it from various different mail servers including my primary mail server (my own server) as well as my school’s server. I’m also not the only one who’s noticed the problem (see the referenced bug).