On 03/21/2016 01:02 PM, Kamil Paral wrote:
> In general, I agree with Michael that Evolution is fairly
> perhaps overpowered for an average user. That said, an email client is
> expected default functionality on a new computer and the backlash we would
> receive for not shipping one at all would be significant. There are still
> many people out there who use IMAP or POP email accounts with either no
> webmail interface or one that is far more painful even than Evolution to
> navigate (I'm looking at *you* Zimbra).
I know no one who uses a desktop email client and is a "general user".
Literally, no one. And I tried remembering really hard :) I know some
colleagues who use it, but those are all power users and can easily install
it if needed.
I can list four individuals in my extended family alone, none of whom are "power
users". But anecdotes are not statistics.
In my eyes, the world has moved on, and desktop email clients are
by old-timers, who will have no problem if new installs don't include it.
Right, because no old-timer has *ever* complained about their workflow changing? :)
It would be pretty unpleasant if we removed say LibreOffice or Totem,
people want to click on a file and see it. That's something that should work
out of the box, without knowing which program to use or search for it
manually. But email clients require configuration anyway, and therefore it's
not something that works out of the box, you need to know explicitly what you
want to use and how to use it, and you need to non-trivially set it up before
use. This is actually a good framework for thinking about this, I believe.
Whether this is a software that enables you to work with something else
(usually a file) that you already have on your computer, or whether it is a
special-purpose software, and you even configure it to work properly
(requires accounts). In the latter case, it's much easier to avoid installing
them by default, because people already know the name of the software they
need (or they don't need it at all).
Btw, if I search for "email" in gnome-software, the top results are Geary,
Evolution, Thunderbird and Trojitá, all reasonably good email clients. --
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