Thunderbird June 21, 2006 Jon Atherton, Dan Bartholomew CIT/IS http://www.cit.cornell.edu/computer/email/thunderbird/ Agenda Why Thunderbird? Client Comparison Migration Tools Migration Plans Training Roadmap Background Ownership of e-mail: CIT: S&O: Messaging
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June 21, 2006
Jon Atherton, Dan BartholomewCIT/IS
Ownership of e-mail: CIT: S&O: Messaging
Client Support (backline): CIT: IS: P&D
E-mail back-office meetings
Great POP client, IMAP has been problematic for some users. Because system mailboxes (IN/OUT/TRASH) are opened at launch time, they are susceptible to system failures.
Standards based POP and IMAP. Its IMAP function seems to be much better.POP/IMAP Support
Yes (selectable by Personality)
Yes (selectable by Account)Authenticated SMTP
Kerberos or Plain using SSL
Kerberos or Plain using SSLPassword Security
Yes (displays all returned fields - standard and eduPerson fields) when using Directory services.
Yes (displays standard fields or those re-mapped from eduPerson equivalence). In addition to working with the Address book, it also performs LDAP queries while entering addresses in the To: fields.LDAP Support
Basically designed to handle the English language although there is a version available for Japanese.
Thunderbird supports UNICODE which makes communicating with international colleagues easier.UniCode/UTF-8 Issues
You can create multiple Personalities which can work on independent IMAP mailboxes or common POP mailbox. Need to use Filter to keep incoming/Outgoing mail separate for each Personality.
You can create multiple Accounts which can work on independent IMAP and POP mailboxes or configured to share a local mailbox.Multiple Mailbox Support
Has internal (limited but secure) rendering engine or can utilize the Microsoft Viewer (Internet Explorer) with its security risks.
Uses the Mozilla rendering Engine which more closely matches the capabilities of Eudora when the Microsoft Viewer (Internet Explorer) is enabled without the security risks.HTML Rendering
Flat files (MBX) with Attachments stored in another location and a separate Table of Contents (TOC)
Standard mailbox format, attachments are embedded, but you are able to delete or extract attachments and keep just the body of the mail file.Mailbox Format
Very flexible, (matches regexp allows for wild character matching)
Flexible but not as customizable as Eudora'sFiltering
Extensible and very fast with Version 7
Basic searching capabilities, but there is a facility for finding mail file with particular information on the main screen.Searching
Yes. Also uses the Probability score assigned by PerlMx.
Yes. You can create a filter that also checks the Gauge value assigned by PerlMx.Junk Mail
Mailboxes have an extension (MBX) that can be excluded from Real Time and Scheduled Scans.
Mailboxes do not contain an extension, so the entire folder needs to be excluded from Real Time and Scheduled Scans.AntiVirus Issues
Qualcomm is responsible for development and fixes.
Open source and is being adopted by more users which should keep Thunderbird evolving as a robust mail client.Vendor Support