As Mozilla announced in the official release of Thunderbird’s New Home, the free email client Thunderbird is now being outsourced to a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation. The step should help the project to find new developers and to enter into more collaborations in the future.
Lastly, it was said that Mozilla is dismissing 70 employees “to finance innovation”, the Mozilla Foundation now even wants to recruit new staff for the development of its mail client. It is at least questionable whether this will succeed – because in January of last year the company had already announced that 2019 would be “a rosy year” for Thunderbird.
Subsidiaries as a new home
From now on, the Thunderbird will be located in a subsidiary company that has the new company name MZLA Technologies Corporation to be led. Like the Firefox browser, the Thunderbird client now functions independently of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, which will also be legally and organizationally responsible for both projects in the future.
With this step, Mozilla takes into account the development of the Thunderbird project, which has grown steadily in terms of donations, employees and goals. There is no change in the direction, however, the e-mail client should remain available free of charge and remain open source in the future.
As of today, the Thunderbird project will be operating from a new wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, MZLA Technologies Corporation. This move has been in the works for a while as Thunderbird has grown in donations, staff, and aspirations.
This will not impact Thunderbird’s day-to-day activities or mission: Thunderbird will still remain free and open source, with the same release schedule and people driving the project.
Donations are no longer tax deductible
In the future, too, this project should only be realized through donations. The donation at donate.mozilla.org explains how donations can be made to the Thunderbird project. However, it is already pointed out here that the donations no longer flow to the Mozilla Foundation and can therefore no longer be deducted from tax as charitable contributions.
Contributions are no longer being received by Mozilla Foundation and will not be tax deductible as charitable contributions.