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Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:59 pm
by anandrkris
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/03/shotwell-developers-aim-to-solve-linuxs-e-mail-problems/
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/geary-a-beautiful-modern-open-source-email-client

The amount of money we're asking for is the bare minimum to make the next version of Geary. Every dollar over $100,000 goes toward more features and a faster, stable email experience.
Why so much?

Some people have asked why we're asking for $100,000, or have suggested that an email program isn't worth that much money. A few things worth pointing out:

Quality software is expensive to develop. As explained above, we're paying three full-time engineers to develop Geary. We have little overhead other than that -- our development workstations have been are paid for with past income. Your contributions go directly to the development of Geary!
Likewise, know that existing email applications had similar development costs but were in many cases subsidized by corporate sponsors. Yorba is accepting no corporate sponsorship for the development of Geary. That means your priorities are our priorities.
Other software crowdfunding campaigns ask for less money, but they plan on selling their software later or tying it to a subscription service. Geary is 100% open-source and is tied to no email or pay service. What we're asking for is exactly what we think is needed to develop the features we've listed above.
Finally, remember that we're not asking you for $100,000, rather we're asking everyone to contribute a little toward that amount. What's a program like Geary worth to you? Most people leave email open every day and all day and are constantly working with it. Is that worth $10, $25, or $100 to you?

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:07 pm
by catweazel
anandrkris wrote:
Is that worth $10, $25, or $100 to you?

Nope.

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:25 am
by xenopeek
I've always used web based email, so nope here also. But it looks interesting for an email client. Let's see how far they get :) They're just over 8% funded now, with 28 days to go...

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:38 am
by anandrkris
Even I dont intend to contribute. (I would like to give here) As I rely primarily on browser for mail. Use KMail / Trojita once in a while to get a flavor of mail client in linux.

Not sure if they will meet the goal. Anyways, wishing them good luck!

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:47 pm
by Orbmiser
xenopeek wrote:I've always used web based email, so nope here also. But it looks interesting for an email client. Let's see how far they get :) They're just over 8% funded now, with 28 days to go...


Same as xenopeek never understood the need for one. If I was running a business or was getting 100+ emails a day that I couldn't get to right away. Or intermittent times of internet access than maybe I would.

But for the majority of users I would think browser based email seems to fulfill their needs like mine fine.
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Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:21 pm
by 3fRI
Yes, you can always use web-based e-mail, but if you have more than a couple of accounts and receive and send a fair amount of e-mail daily, Thunderbird does the job--at least I've never had any problems with it. I've tried Claws and Evolution yet liked neither. If Shotwell developed a great e-mail alternative to Thunderbird, would I try it? Not if I had to pay for it. :lol:

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:48 pm
by anandrkris
http://blog.yorba.org/jim/2013/05/geary-crowdfunding-what-went-wrong.html
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/04/geary-fundraiser-fails-at-half-way-mark
“$100,000 Was Too Much”.....
“The Proposition Wasn’t Unique”.....
“People Consider it an Elementary App”...
“They Chose The Wrong Platform”....
.....

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:58 pm
by catweazel

I'd no sooner finished reading that when you posted the link. Spookeeeeee.

I think this sums it up for me:
Linux ... doesn’t need ’yet another e-mail client’. Evolution, Sylpheed, Claws Mail, Thunderbird and the like already have many of the features Geary was seeking money to add.

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 11:16 pm
by anandrkris
Yeah, lengthy post!
Agree, not many killer features were planned. Yet they managed to get pledge for 50% of funds! Not bad, i would say.

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 12:08 am
by catweazel
anandrkris wrote:Yet they managed to get pledge for 50% of funds!

"There's a sucker born every minute." TM - P. T. Barnum.

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 1:22 am
by anandrkris
catweazel wrote:"There's a sucker born every minute." TM - P. T. Barnum.

LOL!

Re: Shotwell developers aim to solve Linux’s e-mail problems

Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 7:40 am
by graeme
I would have contributed if I had known about it (and I still may). Geary is exactly what I want from an email client, bar the lack of POP support.

1) Conversation view
2) Stores mail in a SQlite database: reliable and searchable (they use SQlite's full text search as well).

I do not want to use webmail and store everything in the cloud. I want to be able to work offile if necessary. I want solid and reliable. I want fast and lightweight.

No email client offers all the above. Geary should.