Last week, the
Open Source Applications Foundation
version 0.1 of Chandler, an open-source Personal Information
Management (PIM) system.
shows the long-term release plan.
As Chandler matures, it will be aimed at increasingly larger audiences.
The release levels are aimed at five classes of users:
developers, early adopters, higher ed users,
mainstream users, and conservatives.
The first release opens the project up for general consumption by
While we are still very early in the design and
implementation process, we intend for this 0.1 release to make us a more
fully open project. We have made the release available for download,
opened up our bug tracking database, and opened our source code
Chandler is written in the Python language and uses the
wxPython GUI toolkit.
Application Architecture Overview gives a pictorial view of the
various components that make up of the application.
Current Vision document describes the aim of the project.
Chandler is intended to be an open source personal information manager for
email, calendars, contacts, tasks, and general information management, as
well as a platform for developing information management applications. It
is currently under development and will run on Windows, Mac, and
Chandler differs from conventional PIM solutions in the following way:
With Chandler, users will be able to organize diverse
kinds of information for their own convenience -- not the computer's
convenience. Chandler will have a rich ability not only to associate and
interconnect items, but also to gather and collect related items in a
single place creating a context sensitive "view" of many types of data,
mixing-and-matching email, mailing lists, instant messages, appointments,
contacts, tasks, free-form notes, blogs, web pages, documents,
spreadsheets, slide shows, bookmarks, photos, MP3's, and so on (and
on). Data in Chandler is stored on repositories on the user's local
machine, on others' machines, and on shared resources such as servers.
This is a very different approach from that of today's common PIMs. For
example, users can usually only view a given email message in one specific
folder, grouped only with other email messages. In the user-centric world
of Chandler, the basis of the relatedness of items is completely at
the users discretion and is merely facilitated, rather than imposed by the
For more information, see the Chandler
Chandler has been licensed under
Version 2 of the GPL.
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