On a short note, Scott McGregor, Thunderbird lead engineer, announced that on October 12 he will leave the Mozilla Corporation to pursuit other career interests. He plans, however, to continue his role as module owner for Thunderbird as a volunteer.
This is definitely no good news for the nascent Mozilla Internet communications subsidiary, announced last month. Losing its lead developer as a full time employee will at least slow down Thunderbird development which is currently in the very early stages of its fourth iteration.
I am sure we will soon hear comments on this news from Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker and David Ascher, the appointed leader of the new subsidiary.
In the meantime, this is an opportunity to thank Scott for all his contributions to Thunderbird and the Mozilla project this far and I wish to see more stuff coming if at a slower pace.