Open Source PIM Software
Being organised is something that I tend to naturally strive for. I guess it puts me in my comfort zone.
So when my laptop died recently I had to try very hard to accept that it was not the end of the world and that I would indeed be able to survive. Annoyingly I hadn't become well enough organised to have a painless backup procedure. So my up-to-date personal data died with my
laptop. I've used various tools to organise my personal data over the years. Well before personal computers became popular and relatively affordable, I relied on a diary and an address book, both small enough to fit into a pocket. I skipped the filofax and have since used a range of PIM software, starting with a DOS shareware program called Ample Notice that I used to carry on a floppy. My latest tool has been Evolution. Oh, and I still have an old Sharp 32KB organiser but the battery has gone in that.
The Battle of the Open Source PIM Alright. Got my new PC just gaaruuuuvin? along here. I?ll detail that in another post. Been loading software on the Windows partition past few days and it came time to install or not to install MS Office. I get all Microsoft stuff for free/cheap from work, depending on the situation, so I?ve always had Office installed as a matter of course. I?m a long time user, abuser, tech supporter and trainer of Office, so its very natural for me to use that. However, since I am starting from scratch here, I thought I?d see what else is out there nowadays. And as my friends know, I am a right cheap bastard.
I?ve installed Open office 1.9 betasomethingorother. I?ve used it before and highly recommended it anyway, so this is a no brainer for me. I?m sure I?ll get along fine with that.
Open-Source PIM Due In Spring
Lotus founder Mitch Kapor said his open-source personal-information manager, "Chandler", will be released in an alpha version this April.
Kapor, who spoke to about seventy Stanford University students as part of the university's computer systems colloquium, said the project's goal was to do for application software what Linux had done for operating systems: begin life as essentially a group project, then later challenge proprietary systems and
win. We think this is a good time to bring to use the OS model to bring to the world of applications software of uncompromising quality," Kapor said.
Kapor, the co-founder of Lotus Development Corp. and principal author of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet application, first disclosed his PIM plans last October, as part of an ongoing blog on the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF) web site. The OSAF employs nine paid members and four volunteers.
Open-Source PIM To Take On Outlook The designer of the Lotus 1-2-3 software database has decided to develop an open-source, serverless personal-information manager (PIM) that will take on Microsoft's Outlook service.
Mitch Kapor, who founded Lotus Development Corp. before it was purchased by IBM, said he and a small development team are working on the framework for the PIM project. Kapor's team is working under the auspices of the Open Source Applications Foundation, which includes John Anderson and Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original team which designed Apple's Macintosh.
The OSAF mission is to "create and gain wide adoption of open source application software of uncompromising quality."
The new PIM is a "new take" on the traditional PIM, designed to email, appointments, contacts and tasks and exchange information with others in the style of Lotus Agenda, a DOS product which Kapor developed.
Open Source Personal Information Management
The talk will give an account of the the Kroupware project. The Kroupware project was executed on behalf of and paid for by the German Federal Agency for IT Security. It's aim was to bring the functionality of email clients (notably KMail, mutt, and Mozilla) together with groupware functionality as exemplified in KOrganizer. From the beginning, the Kroupware project was under extreme time pressure, and I will both explain the technical details as well as how we approached the project to achieve a considerable groupware functionality in less than two months.
Interest in Personal Information Management (PIM). Experiences with MS-Outlook and/or the KDE Desktop Environment is useful, but not mandatory. Some parts of the talk will be technical and require some C++ knowledge.
Opie open source GUI/PIM project
The Open Palmtop Integrated Environment (Opie) project is pleased to announce its first 1.0 release. Having been forked from TrollTech's Qtopia environment, Opie has evolved into the most sophisticated free and open graphical user interface for Linux based embedded devices and
PDAs. Opie features a sophisticated personal information (PIM) framework as well as several other productivity apps, extended multimedia capabilities and document model, networking and communication tools as well as multi language support for more than a dozen languages. Based on common industry standards like XML, Obex, IrDa et. al. Opie is capable of interacting with lots of devices ranging from cell phones to server backends. Opie is highly optimzed for mobile devices and tries to support the user with shortcuts and ease of use.