Support #205

Please merge Sylpheed and Claws Mail (or: start contributing to Claws Mail instead of developing Sylpheed)

Added by X. W. 12 months ago. Updated 6 months ago.

Status:NewStart date:06/09/2014
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first of all: Please do not take this request as an offense. It's not meant like that.

Okay, so:

Because Sylpheed still does not have a PPA or updates for Ubuntu available:

I recently switched from using Sylpheed to using Claws Mail (because Claws Mail has a PPA available).

I soon realized that Claws Mail has already fixed some bugs / implemented some features, which Sylpheed has not, for example:

Actually, Claws Mail seems to have everything that Sylpheed has, plus more (okay, actually it looks like Claws Mail does not seem to have a "Play sound when new messages arrive" feature..., but that's all I noticed so far).

So, I don't see any reason why I should prefer using Sylpheed over Claws Mail any longer. Claws Mail simply seems to be better than Sylpheed (and, again, that is not meant as an offense).

And, today, I saw the following message from Hiroyuki Yamamoto:

Hiroyuki Yamamoto wrote:

I will not be able to release a new version including this modification soon.

I really do not want to blame anyone. But, now I really ask myself:

Why do we need Sylpheed AND Claws Mail?

Why can't you just merge?

For me, it seems like a waste of manpower, ressources and time to develop them separately.

I realize that Claws Mail actually is a fork of Sylpheed and appreciate the efforts of the Sylpheed developers.

But to me it simply seems as if it would make more sense if Sylpheed and Claws Mail would be merged or if the Sylpheed developers would start contributing to Claws Mail instead of developing Sylpheed.

So, I would appreciate if you could tell me why you are not doing that already and if you are planning to do it in the future etc.?



#1 Updated by Genghis Khan 6 months ago


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