Thunderbird needs to register itself as the default handler of the mailto protocol on GNOME. Firefox will do this by implementing a GNOME version of nsIShellService - nsGNOMEShellService. Thunderbird should do something similar. Ideally the windows registration code tbird already uses would be massaged into a nsWindowsShellService, ditto for nsMacShellService. This is a high visibility issue presently because people are having to manually set default browser/mail handlers on linux - even though scripts make this a little easier, it should be as automatic as it is on Windows. The preferred back end for this bryner tells me is gconf.
14 years ago
Tempted to DUP this to Bug #202497, except that one is WinXP, and this one is *nix, and the fixes will be somewhat different.
Brian is working on this
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 252056 ***