I wanted to share with the Mint community a project I am very excited about – Spicebird. Spicebird is a Mozilla based application that is a full–fledged portal for email/ RSS / calendar / tasks / and IM that looks amazingly promising. Best of all, since it is based on Thunderbird, users can take advantage of many of the awesome plug-ins available from the Thunderbird add-ons website. Version .04 is currently a buggy beta, but .07 is due out around the 15th of the month. There will be an auto-update feature to keep Spicebird up to date as Thunderbird and the other open source parts of Spicebird dictate a faster update delivery method.
The calendering functionality looks to be worlds ahead of Lightning. For example, if someone emails you a casual meeting request, the application is smart enough to recognize the text in the email and offer to schedule an appointment automatically! Also drag and drop all over the calendar appears to work well already. Of course, online sync including to Google calendars is there as well.
Many other smart features are there, too. For example, you can directly IM any contact in your address book from the program. An online/offline status light appears on incoming emails as well as the contact's address book card if they are online. Wow.
Now I must say that I am not currently using this application, just keeping an eye on it. The .07 release is nearing and I am very excited about this project. I feel this truly could help propel Linux into the prime-time on the desktop for normal computer users as well as small to medium sized businesses.
The current .04 release is available on getdeb.net if you are brave enough to dive in...http://www.spicebird.com/
is the project's homepage.
Take a look and let me know out there if anyone is as excited as I am for this project.