Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Mark Kent ] on Saturday 01 April 2006 08:26 \__
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>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> __/ [ Roy Culley ] on Friday 31 March 2006 23:54 \__
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>>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
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>>>>>| 'Then he (Gates) vented a key frustration with Outlook. While Gates
>>>>>| says he gets "immense benefit" from Outlook's Inbox rules, he wants
>>>>> Somebody should tell him to use Thunderbird with the extensions that
>>>>> handle this. As a mail client, Thunderbird has been more powerful
>>>>> than Outlook for over a year. It just doesn't come with bloat 'out
>>>>> of the box' and yet it remains far more stable and has more
>>>>> functions. Picture this: Gates still uses IE6.
>>>> It is the funcionality provided by Exchange / Outlook that wins the
>>>> day at the moment. The integration of email, calendar and scheduling
>>>> is excellent. OSS is very weak in this area. I've said this for years
>>>> but not much has changed.
>>> What about Evolution, or Kolab, or Groupwise, among other tools? See IBM's
>>> recent bounty on Exchange servers:
>>> Outlook and Exchange tend to work only when everybody uses them. This
>>> promotes a monoculture and discourages unity through
>>> transparency/protocols. Calendaring software in particular is terrible at
>>> communication with counterparts.
>> A good open-source implementation of these functions should be enough to
>> become a reference standard, which should then enable everything to work
>> with the reference. This would prevent a monoculture, except at the
>> protocol/api and stream/file/message layers, which would be standardised,
>> thus rather more open to exploitation, just as IP is, for example.
> I suppose that Microsoft Office formats have been penetrated to a good extent
> by now. I believe the codebase came from some German company and reached the
> many office productivity suites out there and later extended to become more
> compatible. At this stage, even macros are implemented to the point of
> perfection by Novell.
> One component of Office which still remains untouchable to some is Outlook,
> but then again, it's only a matter of time. There is GPL code that achieves
> Exchange connectivity /already/. Thunderbird's Lightning appeared in the
> extensions site yesterday (seen in the feed) and it has many developers
> working on it. Integration with mail and exchange servers is a matter of
> time only. Jointly with OpenOffice and Firefox (all of which reside in the
> Ubuntu Live CD, for example), Microsoft Office becomes obsolete.
If I could have that capability on a PC now, along with openoffice.org
and abiword/gnumeric, with the right VPN client (I think we use avaya?)
I'd dump windows instantly, immediately and so fast you wouldn't see the
bytes hit /dev/null.
| Mark Kent -- mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk |
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