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    Angry No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    If the definition of a PIM is where all your notes, appointments, tasks and contacts are stored but more than that, linked then I have not found any PIM available in Linux. I have to use Windows XP under Virtual box and that is slow. I need to look at a task linked to a contact, recall all communication with that contact so all tasks, calls, letters should be linked.

    I have tried Kontact (keeps throwing errors and seems susceptible to all sorts of minor changes from software updates etc) This does not meet the definition and Evolution does not either. Chandler has no contact module. None of these have tasks/appts. directly linked to contacts

    Under Windows we have Chaos, great little app. and at the top end Act! for Windows, and of course Outlook and my favorite is Netmanage Ecco which will run under WINE. However Ecco was to me as a project manager the best of the lot and I started using it in 1993 then Netmanage bought it and stopped development in 1998? This has now lost its integration functionality as everything else has moved on but it did run under Windows 3.1 in 256k was reliable, easy to network, share and synchronise. Even Packrat 4.1 would be nice.
    If someone is listening Ecco would be great to develop under linux. Or does someone know of of a comprehensive simple app that does not require 2 days of setting up apache servers etc?

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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    You could use Microsoft Exchange in a browser, that would be my choice.

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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    Lets write one!

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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    I recently moved the technician machines in the company I work for to Linux. I had to convert the entire network from Exchange to Zimbra. But hey, it was worth it.

    Get Zimbra.

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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    doesn't evolution support those? If not, I would checkout its plugins.

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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    What you actually want is a CRM package like Chaos or Act! not a PIM.
    There are a number of CRM packages for Linux.

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=open+source+crm+linux
    Want an alternative to 99% of Windows applications?
    http://www.osalt.com/

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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by fatality_uk View Post
    What you actually want is a CRM package like Chaos or Act! not a PIM.
    There are a number of CRM packages for Linux.

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=open+source+crm+linux
    I have never seen lmgtfy before... that is very cool!

    As for a PIM, I have a good old fashioned paper notebook/calendar and a pen... It is fully compatible with linux! Sometimes people look for technological solutions when all you need is some good organization and some basic materials... but hey, each to their own


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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    Spicebird? It's outdated though =/

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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    Not that good for contacts, but great for calendar/alarms/notes/appointments.

    Mozilla Sunbird or lightening with thunderbird.


    web calendar
    Has a demo to try out. (It's opensource/free, I mean try it before install it). Seems to be in german currently. you'll get the idea. Don't know about contacts.

    There is all the CRM/ERP programs you can try if you really needed contact database, but I don't see one for specifically that purpose (and combine with calendar stuff).
    Last edited by andrewabc; March 21st, 2010 at 01:28 AM.

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    Re: No REAL PIMs for Linux?

    You meantioned Outlook, that works in Wine. Some of the others might too. Not the best solution, but certainly better than Virtualbox.
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