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I just want to know if there is a plan to replace Evolution with Thunderbird until 12.04

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Any answers to this question would be speculation. – dv3500ea Feb 7 '11 at 22:20
Aha! We actually have a video of this discussion (see my answer) – Jorge Castro Feb 7 '11 at 22:28
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Thunderbird is now the default email client, starting with 11.10 Oneirc Ocelot.

This was discussed briefly at the Ubuntu Developer Summit. Here's the blueprint with notes and here is the summary from the Thunderbird Unity mailing list:

Currently the etherpad from the session [0] lists these high-level requirements:

  • styling improvements
  • CD space
  • e-d-s/calendar integration
  • upgrade reliability (enigmail + binary extensions)

This decision should be made sometime around the Alpha period of 11.10.

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Not to mention Ubuntu-One Support? – Marco Ceppi May 24 '11 at 13:42
There's support for that somewhere, but according to the notes and memory from the session it wasn't a hard requirement for switching. – Jorge Castro May 24 '11 at 13:43

Currently there is no plan for this. If this is something you want to see you should request it on the Ubuntu Brainstorm. One potential brainstorm idea you might wish to advocate is Idea #27000

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Thunderbird has one major problem with its incompatible address book format that has kept it out of opportunities like this for years. – JannieT May 4 '11 at 9:46

Oneiric (11.10) has been released few days ago. Now it's a fact: Thunderbird is the default email client.

Take a look here. Oneiric (11.10) could be first step for Thunderbird to become the default client.

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