RE: Email Tool
Andrew Robertson <ar <at> dermae.net>
2006-04-17 16:19:35 GMT
****Sorry about the formatting in the last post, here is a cleaned up version****
<<<there is no need as http://mozilla.org has Thunderbird for email and Sunbird for Calendaring. Sunbird
may not be complete yet but is getting closer all of the time.>>>
Sorry, I have to COMPLETELY disagree with you. Thunderbird with the Calendar or Lightning add-in and
Sunbird are excellent applications, for the casual home user. They do not even hold a candle to the
features and office productivity of Outlook. I hate M$, but Outlook is actually a GREAT program. Although
it can be difficult to use for a beginner or someone who does not need all it's features, in an office
environment, it is an incredible asset. There are several drawbacks such as it's sharing abilities and
proprietary nature, which is why so many of us are looking for an alternative built into OOo.
To say "There is no need as http://Mozilla.org has Thunderbird/Sunbird" is like saying "There is no need
for today's modern houses since there are caves we can live in instead." You are comparing a fairly simple
email and calendaring app to a sophisticated PIM. I just recently installed Linux and Evolution at home,
and Evolution is close, but not fully there, especially considering there is no Windows version yet.
There is a group supposedly working on it, but they haven't made any progress on the port for over a year.
However, there is hope on the horizon; http://chandler.osafoundation.org/ is a promising PIM that looks
like it will be equal to or better than Outlook. They are focusing on the Calendar aspect right now, with
Task Management and Email to follow. If OOo can get together with them NOW, and begin a tight integration,
then Chandler and OpenOffice together will make a complete package that rivals M$ Office in EVERY way.
OOo either needs to make it's own PIM that is as good or better than M$, or work with someone who already is
working on it, like the folks at OSAF and Chandler. If Chandler will as fully integrated with OOo as Outlook
is with M$ Office, they will be able to stand against M$ Office in the workplace. Until then, it's no dice,
and OOo is primarily a "Home User" office suite. Without a PIM, it is too cumbersome to replace M$ Office in
the workplace environment IF that environment is already using and reliant on Outlook and M$ Office. And
the sad news is, many are. The good news is many of them will switch if OOo has a PIM equivalent to Outlook.