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The GNOME Journal: Tinymail: Evolution and Intelligent Design

Aug 21, 2006, 07:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dirk-Jan C. Binnema)

[ Thanks to Lucas Rocha for this link. ]

"For several years now, Evolution has been the default e-mail program for the GNOME Desktop. It uses a flexible architecture and provides mature implementations of many e-mail protocols (POP3, IMAPv4, SMTP, and even Exchange, Groupwise, and Hula). Also, it has an advanced user interface (UI), which is getting even more friendly in the next release--as seen at GUADEC.

"Great. However, all this requires quite a bit of memory. Tens of megabytes for moderate amounts of e-mail. Now, there's a lot of memory in your desktop PC, but what about an 'embedded' device? For example, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. Or the One-Laptop-per-Child (OLPC) machine? In such devices, we need to be very careful with the memory usage. Also, they usually require user interfaces which are very different from the one Evolution offers--if only for the much smaller screen sizes. So, what if we took the mature, non-UI parts of Evolution, cut down on the memory usage, and made it possible to have customized user interfaces? Wouldn't that be great for embedded devices, and even for low-end PCs...?"

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