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On Jan 5, 2011, at 20:02 , BRM wrote:

I think such a project would have to focus really on Windows and perhaps Mac.
Most Linux systems use package management software, often vary different. Some 
(e.g. gentoo) do not have a GUI interface at all.
And honestly, the only place this is really a problem is on Windows, with Mac as 
a runner up.
I'm pretty sure there isn't an issue on any other platform.

But as I said - it's really a project for another entity to take control of - 
whether another project managed by TDF, or by someone else entirely, like

I think Ben's last comment is a good idea: put this in the hands of another project.  At first I 
would expect the project to be in the nature of a feasibility study.  And I'd like to suggest a 
slightly wider scope.

On Linux the choice is between T-bird/Lightning and Evolution, and personally I've always sooner or 
later run into problems with Evolution.  On Windows there is whatever Microsoft now call Outlook 
Express.  They have an abysmal address book, but no calendar functionality included in the OS as 
far as I remember, and I don't think OE and Address Book work together, so here, too, there is room 
for T-bird/Lightning.

For my own part, I'm a recent convert to the Mac, after years of being a Linux user and unwilling 
Windows supporter for my relatives.  On the Mac I'm impressed at the way things just _work_ 
together, and I don't willingly add a third party app if there is a free Apple equivalent which 
fills my needs.  In this respect there is Mail, iCal and Address Book, all of which interact well, 
and interact with everything else on the Mac.  So if TDF is going to get into looking at 
interacting with mail, calendar and contact functionality, I for one would like it to include the 
Apple apps in its study.

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