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Seattle Times: Open Source Project May Have Big Impact

Oct 28, 2002, 15:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

Mitch Kapor smiles at the half-serious question: "Are you crazy to try something like this?"

Kapor, a pioneering developer of personal-computer software, is definitely not nuts. And it's no surprise to see the founder of Lotus Development now leading an unorthodox project that could have an outsized impact.

For more than a year, Kapor and his small team have been working on what they're calling an open-source "Interpersonal Information Manager."

The software is being designed to securely handle personal e-mail, calendars, contacts and other such data in new ways, and to make it simple to collaborate and share information with others without having to run powerful, expensive server computers.

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