Address Book overhaul and SOGo Connector

Advrk Aplmrkt avkaplmkt at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 16:06:23 UTC 2011


Hello,

This is in response to the blog post on the planned Address Book
overhaul (http://mikeconley.ca/blog/2011/09/07/creating-a-new-thunderbird-address-book-the-feature-page-and-some-literature/),
and @Toms's comment.

I believe, effective CardDAV, SyncML, and GroupDAV sync is critical
for making Thunderbird more appealing.

The SOGo Connector addon was supposed to provide CardDAV sync, but its
development has been hampered by some outstanding bugs in Lightning
(yes I know that's calendar related, but SOGo Connector needs it).

I've asked the SOGo list, and they listed three critical bugs to vote for:

refresh killer: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=502936
offline mode support: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=380060
hooks / stubs mechanisms: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=586276

While these are technically calendar related bugs, I believe it is in
the interest of Address Book developers because:

(1) SOGo Connector provides some contact sync functionality, and there
is great potential for collaboration (or even integration of the
Connector into Thunderbird) between them and the Thunderbird Address
Book developers. Therefore helping SOGo Connector is helping the
Address Book.

(2) Having robust contacts *and* calendar sync (supporting CardDAV,
SyncML, GroupDAV, and upcoming standards) in Thunderbird would make it
a much more appealing product not just for end users, but also the
enterprise. This is in line with Mozilla's goal for a free and open
web. (i.e. no reliance on non-Free solutions like M$ Outlook or
Google)

BTW, there is also a lot to be learned from the gContactSync (from
@Kevin) and Google Contacts addons:

http://www.pirules.org/addons/gcontactsync/index.php

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/google-contacts/?src=cb-dl-mostpopular

However, they are again Google only.

Anyway, I just thought the above information is relevant to this list,
and hope they have not all already been posted. :)

Thanks for your time.



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