More Open Source Fun
This time, it’s Sunbird, the Mozilla calendar (the standalone one, not Lightning, which goes into Thunderbird)
Anyhoo, with version 0.5, someone made a plug-in that gives you interoperability between Sunbird and Google Calendar, so you can edit your calendar using either one. I tried it out, and lo and behold, it works! Is your mind blown yet? I had a moment of sheer satisfaction before I realized this is utterly useless to me.
Also, I still have to run iCal in order for iSync to be of any use with my cell phone (which is still my killer app), so overall, it’s really not all that great a leap. Also, this is a freakin’ plug-in no doubt concocted after working hours by an open-source enthusiast. You’re telling me Apple can’t pull this shit off? For shame, Apple. Sheez.
Correo is an open-source project aimed at making a cocoa-based e-mail client for the Mac. Basically, to be to Thunderbird what Camino is to Firefox. Thunderbird 3, which I believe is slated for a 2008 release, will supposedly sync with the Mac address book, which could make switchers of a lot of us. I’m pretty clueless when it comes to all things tech, but these open-source projects fascinate me. And the Camino connection appeals to me. Camino became my main browser a few months ago, and I’m very pleased.
To be honest, I have no real need to change mail clients, and the simple fact that it most likely won’t work with iSync (and what about the folder system? Will Thunderbird mail be searchable?) will probably deter me from switching. It’s a shame, though, as Thunderbird is a very attractive piece of software. I’m no power user, however, so Mac Mail will do me fine for now. Still, I’m very excited about Correo; if it can become a middle ground between MacMail and Thunderbird, I’m all for it. I’d really like IMAP functionality and the option to send HTML mails.
Maybe Leopard will open up a tad, but I somehow doubt it. I wish the Correo makers the best of luck, and look forward to seeing the progress.