Linux has now twoo sides,
1) A good Linux Clone, great there.
2) A good "desktop" computer with a good graphic user interface.
KDE2 is excellent in its latest (april 2001) version, and very fast.
Now about the "emailer" program.
Well there nothing yet under Linux / KDE is as good as pmail on
windows and MacOS (Pegasus mail, freeware)
kmail is not stable (my experience) and incomplete. I like the
magellan, at least the version that I have is unfinished, and is very
slow to load, it looks very promising tough.
Mahogany: could not get it running.
Each of theses have a different format for the data (mostly address
All these projects show a lot of energy in this area.
A common well published format for mail files seems to be missing,
ideally it would be usable under most OSe's available: Linux. Unix,
BEOS, Windows, MACOS.
This would allow to use more than one "emailer" or develop for a data
base target, and then perfect the emailer programs, according to various
tastes, and needs, and then use any emailer with you email data.
Since the goal of Linux, and FSF is not brandname domination, but at
least in my view aims at having the best software gaining acceptance,
this would go in this direction.
Note than the same comment would apply well to other data objects like
wordprocessors data, spreadsheet data etc...
Of course the data format should not collide with copyright, and
Thanks to Mr Stallman here.
If some of this already exist, please reply with URL, RFC's etc...