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Mateo
December 29th, 2007, 12:34 AM
Anyone heard about this? It's a new email/PIM client based on Thunderbird. Looks pretty nice, it has a unique interface (for an email client. Basically looks like a tabbed browser which is a good idea IMO. I also like the customizable home page.

My only concern is that it's based on mozilla which might mean it's a resource hog. I'm not running a 50+ mb PIM client, i don't care how cool it is. How is Thunderbird on resources?

http://mozillalinks.org/wp/2007/12/spicebird-brings-mozilla-based-collaboration/

Johnsie
December 29th, 2007, 01:40 AM
Looks good... I have to say I'm not very happy with Evolution in comparison to Outlook.

andrewsomething
December 29th, 2007, 01:47 AM
I'm really excited about this. I can't wait to see an alpha release to test.

As far as Thunderbird's use of resources, on my system it seems to have a memory leak of some sort. I often leave it running all day while out, and come home to find it hogging up to 50% of my memory. On start up, it normally is using 3%, right behind firefox and xgl.

maur
December 29th, 2007, 01:48 AM
Looks good... I have to say I'm not very happy with Evolution in comparison to Outlook.

I'm a Kmail fan I must say :) Love the keyboard shortcuts that are similar to pine!

litemotiv
January 16th, 2008, 05:29 PM
SpiceBird 0.4 Beta is now available for download:

http://www.spicebird.com/download

Mateo
January 16th, 2008, 11:51 PM
Wow, that's a very good PIM client. Very good. The home page is actually useful, first time I've seen a mail client with a useful home page. And the tab idea is spectacular. I couldn't figure out how to create categories for Tasks though.

But I still don't know if I could use it, simply because it is a resource hog (like all mozilla apps). 40-60mb for a mail/PIM client? Evolution can do everything this is doing and it only uses 10mb.

neepster
January 17th, 2008, 06:52 AM
SpiceBird 0.4 Beta is now available for download:

http://www.spicebird.com/download

Anyone actually installed this and tried it?

I want to do so, but I don't want my Thunderbird info hosed.

I don't mind a 50MB footprint since Outlook is more like a 200MB footprint (and my system has 2GB)... I agree though that Firefox winds up being a 150+MB footprint (more in windoze) often, which I don't like...

Anyone try it? Come on, be a guinea pig so I don't have to :)

FuturePilot
January 17th, 2008, 07:08 AM
I tried it. It's nice. One thing I missed from Thunderbird that I liked in Evolution was a Calender. But now this is nice. It's basically Thunderbird plus a Calender with some other extras thrown in. I hope this makes it into the Ubuntu repos at some point. It's actually pretty light weight compared to Firefox. It was about 28 MB for me. Overall it's a nice app.

Tenken
January 17th, 2008, 07:18 AM
I tried it. It's nice. One thing I missed from Thunderbird that I liked in Evolution was a Calender. But now this is nice. It's basically Thunderbird plus a Calender with some other extras thrown in. I hope this makes it into the Ubuntu repos at some point. It's actually pretty light weight compared to Firefox. It was about 28 MB for me. Overall it's a nice app.

You might want to give lightning (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/lightning/) a try then.

mrgnash
January 17th, 2008, 09:16 AM
Looks nice, but Evolution already does everything I want it to do.

amc178
January 18th, 2008, 02:20 AM
spicebird (0.4) is great, especially with its gmail and im integration. The only problem i could find was that i couldn't print in the calender, printing in the mail section works. does anyone know what could be causing this? and how to fix it, otherwise it is very good.

Brian96
March 7th, 2008, 10:10 PM
Interesting. I like where they seem to be headed with this. I hope that this could possibly take us a step closer to being able to use T-Bird as a tab within Firefox? (I like the way Opera handles this, at least at the interface level. Just don't like not being able to use extensions like Zotero in Opera. If SeaMonkey opened everything in one interface--with tabs--I would use that.)

As far as resources, on my system a fresh-started instance of Spicebird (with GMail IMAP, FWIW) was using 27 MB and a fresh-started instance of Thunderbird with the same mail settings was using 23 MB. Not a huge difference. I half-expected Spicebird to be even more of a hog with its custom GUI.

Anyway, an interesting project.

rab4567
March 7th, 2008, 10:30 PM
I think you guys need to check out whats coming to Openoffice 3.0.

http://marketing.openoffice.org/oooc...nesday_186.pdf.