Kmail duplicates and Akonadi

Kevin Krammer krammer at
Tue Mar 3 19:26:39 GMT 2015

On Sunday, 2015-02-15, 06:57:11, Duncan wrote:
> Martin Koller posted on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:33:59 +0100 as excerpted:

> Back in the kde 4.7 era, when akonadized kmail was still new, I lost one
> too many emails.  Sure I could have reset akonadi and likely recovered
> the missing email, as I had before, but I suddenly found myself wondering:
> "Why is this even /necessary/.  Email is *NOT* rocket science, and has
> been around for quite some time at this point.  There are lots of
> reliable email clients that "just work", as indeed, kmail has for me, for
> the nearly a decade since I switched from MS in the kde2 era, before this
> stupid akonadization messed with something that WAS 'just working'.

Aside from mail being like rocket science due to so many variations on 
protocols and data (mostly caused by inflexible proprietary "market leader" 
products of course), the main reasons for the differenr approach are different 

Most email clients only need to serve that specific function, a luxury that 
KDE PIM does not have.

Due to lack of interfaces on system level infrastructure, e.g. postfix or exim 
not being machine configurable by user applications, KDE, as a community of 
end user application developers that need email capability as an 
infrastructure, had to develop this on their own.

Email just being one type of course, same is also true for contacts, etc.

It is no conincidence that the only other Free Software community with a wide 
range of end user application products, GNOME, has chosen the same approach. 
For contacts and calendar even longer than KDE, for email that is still being 
worked on as far as I know.

Like with any other type of software, different users' needs will always align 
more or less with one products approach and align very differently with 

Hence there being different products in the first place :)


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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