First steps towards a converged email client for Ubuntu

Screenshot from 2014-03-20 21:57:06Yesterday we made a big step towards developing a native email client for Ubuntu, which uses the Ubuntu UI Toolkit and will converge between between phones, tablets and the desktop from the start.

We’re not starting from scratch though, we’re building on top of the incredible work done in the Trojitá project.  Trojitá provides a fast, light email client built with Qt, which made it ideal for using with Ubuntu. And yesterday, the first of that work was accepted into upstream, you can now build an Ubuntu Components front end to Trojitá.

None of this would have been possible without the help up Trojitá’s upstream developer Jan Kundrát, who patiently helped me learn the codebase, and also the basics of CMake and Git so that I could make this first contribution. It also wouldn’t have been possible without the existing work by Ken VanDine and Joseph Mills, who both worked on the build configuration and some initial QML code that I used. Thanks also to Dan Chapman for working together with me to get this contribution into shape and accepted upstream.

This is just the start, now comes the hard work of actually building the new UI with the Ubuntu UI Toolkit.  Andrea Del Sarto has provided some fantastic UI mockups already which we can use as a start, but there’s still a need for a more detailed visual and UX design.  If you want to be part of that work, I’ve documented how to get the code and how to contribute on the EmailClient wiki.  You can also join the next IRC meeting at 1400 UTC today in #ubuntu-touch-meeting on Freenode.

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3 Responses to First steps towards a converged email client for Ubuntu

  1. Pingback: Canonical Builds Open Source Email App for Ubuntu Convergence | Matias Vangsnes

  2. Sarahana says:

    To take Ubuntu to nook and corner of the world in handheld products. We DSK Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd. are into handheld solution and OEM for a product called Mobiliz. We have pan India presence and our solutions are widely into rural. We would like to partner with Canonical to develop ubuntu OS & softwares compatible with our product and certtified by Ubuntu. Kindly help me to reach the concern person who can make our dream realize.

  3. Daniel Beck says:

    The contrast on the screenshot is really low. Many other Ubuntu applications have the same issue, which makes it quite hard to read text.

    I observed that his low contrast theme is the default for Ubuntu HTML5, too. Is this going to stay this way?

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