Re: Which would you prefer for Ubuntu default - Evolution of Thunderbird?
Originally Posted by Zill
I agree with you when you say that Evolution and Thunderbird are like apples and oranges. However, I'm not suggesting that Evolution be taken away, rather that better support/integration of Thunderbird in Ubuntu/GNOME be added to make it the "official" Ubuntu email client. Ubuntu seems to put all its development efforts into one email app - Evolution - and if this poll shows that most people prefer to use Thunderbird, then perhaps this will support an argument that more official effort needs to be put into an integrated standalone client as well. The desirability of having 2 separate apps is well-acknowledged after all:
- KDE has a PIM (Kontact) and a fully-integrated standalone email component (KMail).
- MS Windows has a PIM (Outlook) and a fully-integrated standalone email component (Outlook Express, now Windows Mail).
And Ubuntu/GNOME? It has a PIM (Evolution), and thats it. Of course Thunderbird is already available as an (excellent) standalone email client, but its not part of a default Ubuntu install and has not been integrated in any way with Ubuntu/GNOME. And "integration" is the crucial issue here.
So - going back to your final point - I think that Ubuntu/GNOME also needs a fully-integrated standalone email client for those who don't want (or need) a PIM. Personally, I'd like Thunderbird to be developed/integrated for this purpose. In a perfect world I'd even like this to be taken one step further, and see a GTK version (forking?) of Thunderbird. I know this would be a big project, but we have Firefox/Ephiphany, why not Thunderbird/Something Else?
Anyway, going back to the fruit again, perhaps my original poll question would have been better phrased like this:
"If Ubuntu only had finite resources to spend on one piece of fruit, what would you rather have - an apple or an orange?"
Last edited by itsjustarumour; November 21st, 2007 at 10:28 PM.
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