Thunderbird in the messaging indicator

Registered by Chris Coulson

Thunderbird is currently lacking messaging indicator integration. We should provide integration with the messaging indicator by default

Blueprint information

Martin Pitt
Chris Coulson
Needs approval
Chris Coulson
Series goal:
Accepted for natty
Milestone target:
Started by
Chris Coulson
Completed by
Chris Coulson

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1) Indicator applet should show/open the program (Currently users keep a "Set up mail" entry unless they setup/remove evolution)
2) Thunderbird should synchronize lightning calendar (if installed) with the gnome clock/calendar applet

* BAMF to see if program is running

* Need to see if there's a trademark is with "Mail" name for indicator

.desktop - static menus
 - blacklist for Global Menu
appindicator - dynamic menus

Xul to indicator conduit

Messaging Menu integration preferences
* Ability to Disable
* Able to select which mailboxes are displayed

* Cluster Notifications (note that a notification can append)

Possible Lists
* Last 10 messages
* 1 msg/mailbox

Evolution current messaging menu:
* Compose New Message
* Address Book
* Mailboxes up to 7

sabdfl suggests being able to display the green light in the indicator when certain messages are tagged with certain tags

Extension to mirror lightning calendar to e-d-s: There are some caveats with this - it supports one-way sync only (lightning -> eds). Need to review the quality of the extension before deciding if we want to support this in the archive

Work items:
[chrisccoulson] write messaging menu extension: DONE
[jorge] mail to tb-planning about indicator integration (tbird's set up a google group- DONE
[chrisccoulson] discuss with Mozilla about global menu: DONE
[chrisccoulson] Integrate Firefox and Thunderbird with the global menu: DONE
[chrisccoulson] Investigate Lightning integration w/evolution data stores: DONE
[chrisccoulson] Enable Breakpad for the official Thunderbird builds: DONE

pitti, 2011-02-18: being worked on by upstream (m_conley), too late for FF, moving to 11.10

jonathanharker 2011-02-22: are folks aware of an existing TB addon - I've been using it for several months now, works well. May not cover all required options above but could serve as a starting point?

Should work in Eudora OSE:


Work Items