Proposed changes to default applications in 16.04 LTS

Sebastien Bacher seb128 at
Tue Dec 8 16:55:53 UTC 2015

Le 09/11/2015 17:31, Bryan Quigley a écrit :
> Negatives of xul-ext-thunderbird
> It is bigger ~6MB vs 1.5MB.
> It's not standalone.
> Doesn't integrate with the date applet.  (The last two might be fixable)


Thanks for the feedback. I took some time to play a bit with both solutions

* gnome-calendar
- UI is simple, focus on the essential
- it integrates well with the desktop, can be selected as preferred
calendar, opens from the indicator when clicking on a data, is listed in
the unity dash (once the OnlyShowIn=GNOME is removed from the .desktop,
which is a small bug to fix)
- it does proper e-d-s integration/syncing from online calendar
- the look is more in line with our other apps

unsure about features it might miss, but it can sync calendar and add
events which seems to be what most users need/want?

* tb-ext
- seems relatively complete feature wise
- supported by mozilla (though there are online discussions suggesting
they might try to give thunderbird away)
- integrated with our default mailer
- it doesn't integrate with the system (it's part of the mailer but not
listed as a calendar)
- doesn't do e-d-s integration (there is an extension for that but it
hangs tb on start when activated)
- the UI feels more cluttered
- integrates to a mailer, every time you start tb it nags you about
adding an email account ... it's not a proper solution if you are not
using it as your mailer

I feel like gnome-calendar is a better solution, especially if we
consider that a good part of users use webemails and don't need an
integrated solution to a desktop mailer they don't use but rather a
simple calendar UI.

Sebastien Bacher

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