locked Re: well, I guess I shouldn't have expected much

David Goldfield

While I don't want to stray off of the subject of NVDA I did want to point out that there are actually two Thunderbird discussion lists out there.
The first is the Support-Thunderbird list, which is one of the many lists from Mozilla that they make available. I think that it may actually be a newsgroup and, possibly due to the news readers being used by most of the subscribers, there is quite a lot of top quoting which goes on. Still, it will give you a connection to some savvy TB users.
Groups.io also hosts a Thunderbird discussion list, which you can subscribe to via the above link.
Finally, please file any Thunderbird bugs to Bugzilla.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

On 10/22/2020 5:59 PM, David Goldfield wrote:

It's interesting that this topic has come up. I've been using Thunderbird for around ten years and I'm currently running it on a system that was probably build around 2007 or 2008 which I bought refurbished and TB is almost as snappy and responsive on that system as Notepad. Yet I remember a dialog that I had with someone with a much more modern system with 32 GB of RAM who reported that TB was very slow, which truly mystified me. In fact, I recently read an article describing Mozilla's plans to improve and modernize Thunderbird with responsiveness being one of the items they wanted to address. This really surprised me as I wondered what they could possibly do to improve TB's performance. Yet this tells me that TB, on some systems, does present noticeable performance issues. I wish I knew more about what those systems have in common but Mozilla is clearly asking the same question and I suspect they'll come closer to finding the answer much faster than I will.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

On 10/22/2020 3:35 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 03:03 PM, Gene wrote:
It may be that on some systems, Thunderbird doesn't work correctly.
Oh, just based on repeated comments over time on the blind-tech-related groups about sluggishness and Tbird I am quite certain that's the case.

But what I believe, personally, is that the issue does not lie with Thunderbird itself, but something about how those systems are configured, and whatever it is seems to be in some deep, dark, non-obvious corner.  As I said in another topic earlier today, real bugs hit a huge number of users in the same way, and the sluggishness with Tbird, while not isolated to one person, is definitely isolated to a very small number.  It seems dependent on the machine it's being run on.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

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