Thunderbird just got a big update this week. It is now at version 68, based on Firefox version 68 ESR. Any plans to push that update to all supported Ubuntu?
Yes, thunderbird 68 is already available in eoan-proposed, but blocked by jsunit and enigmail issues, which require major updates of both packages, which I’m working on.
Once the situation is sorted out in eoan, it will be backported to all supported Ubuntu releases.
Do we have any news from tb68 in Ubuntu Repos ?
I think that it is in main already. At least in eoan: https://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=Thunderbird
The others will probably follow soon.
That’s right, thunderbird 68.1.1 is available in Ubuntu 19.10 (to be released next week). As for other supported releases, (16.04, 18.04, 19.04) they have been updated to thunderbird 60.9.0, and we are working on bringing thunderbird 68 there too.
Any news for version 18.04?
The release for Ubuntu 18.04 seems to be progressing in line with the SRU procedure:
Is Ubuntu 16.04 LTS out of scope for Thunderbird 68 ?
No, and in fact the update is mostly ready, but it requires updating other components (enigmail and jsunit) which aren’t ready yet. But it’s being worked on.
It has to be noted that a considerable amount of extensions will not work for TB68, as many extension maintainers have not yet upgraded their extensions or decided to quit entirely because of the WebExtension change. Has this potential disruption for LTS users already been discussed elsewhere?
Note also that all Thunderbird releases are ESR releases