dot.kde.org: Focus on Infusion (a new challenger to Outlook/Exchange?)
Jun 15, 2001, 22:28 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Navindra Umanee)
Here's a brief review of Infusion and an accompanying interview
with its developer. A front end to Citadel/UX, Infusion offers (or
will offer) a lot of functionality including local/Internet mail,
calendaring (as provided by the KParts API) and some additional
functionality mentioned in the article. It's an interesting project
with enough potential that the author wonders whether Aethera and
Evolution couldn't learn a few plays from its book.
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"...Citadel/UX is pretty impressive, including such
things as SMTP and POP servers in the package. Citadel can send
mail between local users, send and receive internet mail, and make
mail available to internet users. This brilliant arrangement means
that, as far as mail is concerned, any diehard Mutt user such as
myself can happily coexist on a Citadel/UX network with Infusion
users. Brian had a good idea when he chose to base Infusion on
Citadel/UX. One might even ask why other Open Source projects such
as Aethera and Evolution don't consider improving and sharing this
I was able to test basic Infusion functionality with 2 test
users. I could mail back and forth, I could send mail to an
internet account, I could receive internet mail, and I could view
shared areas. Infusion also has chat capabilities and token
organizer/notes functionality which I did not fully investigate.
Infusion is evidently here both in concept and proof-of-concept,
including the expected bugs. The colourful interface will surely
evolve to please many in the future."