Linux smoketesters needed

UPDATED: see the end

As part of a release (say, for the sake of illustration, the next alpha of Thunderbird), we try to run the software through a set of tests. The more widespread the release, the more tests. Nightlies don’t go through any non-automated tests. The final release will go through a lot. For an alpha, we like to have a few people poke at the software on each of the major platforms, to make sure that the major bits work.

We have volunteers covering Mac and Windows, but we’re short a couple of Linux volunteers. All it should take is 1) access to a linux box (the more mainstream the better), 2) experience with Thunderbird and ideally with Linux, 3) a bugzilla account, and 4) a couple of hours of free time.

If you’re interested, contact me (email is findable from my blog home page), or contact Wayne Mery directly if you know how to do that.

UPDATE: We’ve had overwhelming response to this post, in part thanks to a mention in Linux Magazin in Germany. We don’t need any more Linux smoke testers specifically, but we’re always eager to see more people help with Thunderbird testing. If that describes you, please subscribe or join or follow the newsgroup/mailing list/google group, and check out the Thunderbird:Test wiki page. There are lots of ways to help, and some of them take only a little bit of effort. Thanks again for the enthusiastic response!


  1. David,
    As a PC user since 1978 I want to encourage you to not let the evolution
    of Thunderbird take a backwards direction. Cosidering todays hundred gig
    drives and blindingly fast cpus and
    cheap memory, please build powerful
    database engine into Thunderbirds
    message system at least as good
    as Netscape Communicator of 2004
    before they dumbed it down. “Search”
    of the message archives of hundreds
    of thousands of messages can be lightning fast if properly indexed
    and with the simple menu driven search
    menus useing date, sender, subject
    and body criteria. I am still using
    Netscape 4.x email client and I have
    1.3 million messages now but I am suffering from incompatibility since
    it hasnt been updated for four years
    please contact me anytime for a discussion please
    Scott 678-290-0507


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