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OpenSourceIT: Magellan: a complete messaging infrastructure for KDE

Jan 13, 2001, 15:04 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

"Magellan, like Evolution, is a complete PIM--but for KDE, instead of GNOME. Magellan recently reached Milestone 1 (or Pre-Alpha-1) status, and is behind Evolution in actual functionality. TheKompany.com of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., started development of Magellan. The result of that relationship is a little vague, but has ended in two versions of the Magellan code base. The first code base is put out by the kAlliance team. The other code base is still under active development with theKompany.com. The project over at theKompany is named Aethera."

"Magellan looks very much like Microsoft Outlook with a Qualcomm Eudora feel to it. ... Magellan will support local mailboxes, POP3, and IMAP when it is complete. ... The IMAP protocol uses encrypted authentication and provides server-based e-mail access. In other words, when you connect with IMAP, you are working on the server. ... So, no matter where you are, if you have access to an IMAP client, you can retrieve your e-mail and stay productive."

"Magellan shows promise for providing a complete messaging infrastructure. This will include a collaboration server with calendaring and shared folder access (very much like Microsoft Exchange, but without the license, stability, and security hassles). If you are unhappy with the state of Magellan development, look at Aethera from theKompany.com. I believe that its version of the Magellan code base will be developed faster."

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