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If we are looking to promote this to corporations it will need to have one, and we could give them the option to install one. A home user might opt out of installing it if they don't want an email client

On 1/5/11 3:22 PM, Christophe Strobbe wrote:

At 00:19 3/01/2011, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
What do other devs think about including something as mentioned below somehow in regards to a mail client alternative to MS outlook?

I've been working without an "integrated e-mail client" for years; it's not a priority for me. However, when I recommended to another user (before October last year), she asked if it also contained an Outlook alternative. I replied that alternatives exist elsewhere, e.g. Thunderbird. (I just checked that Corel WordPerfect Office Standard has Lightning and Thunderbird integrated. The toll of Microsoft Office brainwashing? As far as I can tell from the Wikipedia entry, iWork does not have an e-mail client. Nor do SoftMaker Office 2010 or Kingsoft Office 2010.)

Without a proper survey, we can probably only guess how many users expect an e-mail cient in an office suite. So I can only offer my opinion: the ability to interface with e-mail clients would be a useful feature. Some users don't want to migrate to another mail client just because it is included in the LibreOffice download, but other users - I'm thinking of users new to office suites and e-mail - may appreciate some handholding. If an e-mail client were integrated in the LibreOffice download, I would like the option to exclude it from the installation and have the office suite interface with my installed client (assuming that it implements the necessary APIs).

I haven't mentioned forking an existing mail client; that's because I don't consider it a good way to use TDF community resources.

Best regards,


On 1/2/11 7:49 PM, Charles Marcus wrote:
On 2011-01-01 1:43 PM, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
Whats really held OOo and will hold LO back is the lack of an equivalent
program such as outlook.
Well, I disagree, but there is no way to prove one of us is right, so...

There are one of three ways it can be done.

1) fork something like evolution which has all that done and integrate it
into the LO suite
Evolution is extremely buggy, *especially* on Windows, but yes, even on
*nix... Yes, there are many people who run it without problems, but
there are far more who complain of constant crashes and bugs, even on
the stablest of systems (otherwise)...

2) or install software that already exists in the open source arena.
Thunderbird+Lightning would be the best other choice here...not perfect
by any stretch, but the only viable FLOSS alternative on Windows at the
moment, at least that I am aware of...

the problem with 2 is that it will greatly increase the download size, which
would pose issues for people with slow bandwidth.
Thunderbird+Lightning is not that big...

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