Open Source Applications Foundation
the release of Chandler 0.5, a GPL-licensed
Personal Information Management application (PIM) with an
emphasis on shared use.
Several years ago, LWN
the initial release of the project, Chandler 0.1.
project vision document explains the project goals of providing
a platform for a collaborative cross-platform environment for
information management, email, and calendar sharing.
product roadmap shows that the developers have tamed that
vision somewhat, mainly in an effort to get some working code out to
A major lesson learnt from the last two years, is that we took on too much, and had too high an ambition level for the near-term. This "great leap forward" strategy didn't pan out. Instead, we have primarily switched to a "dog food" strategy to quickly develop a first release that is minimally usable, on a day-to-day basis, for us within OSAF and for our info-intensive, techno-savvy early adopters.
version 0.5 README document details the changes in the current release.
Work was mainly focused on calendar software and reliability.
0.6 planning (cleaning and polishing) and
0.7 planning (polish email system and add new features)
documents show where the next two releases are headed.
After version 0.7, Chandler should be stable enough for daily use by
One fundamental change in the project has been to move from a
peer-to-peer mode of sharing data to the use of
Web enabled Distributed Authoring and Versioning
Email connectivity has been added to Chandler through the
Chandler 0.5 is fairly easy to get running, all one has to do is
download the code, unpack it, and run the provided binary.
The documentation warns that version 0.5 may only work on machines
with the Fedora Core 2 distribution,
your author had no trouble running it on Fedora Core 3.
The new release is still experimental, the initial startup screen warns
users that the product is under development and should not be trusted
to keep user data safe.
Nonetheless, Chandler appears to be on-track in the goal of producing
a working utility, we look forward to the group's upcoming releases.
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