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Why so quiet?

Posted by Bjarni on December 3, 2015

Just a quick update, for those of you wondering why the project is so quiet at the moment: I'm on paternity leave!

My wife Emilia gave birth to a lovely baby girl just over a month ago, and we are slowly figuring out what it means to be parents! It's both amazing and exhausting. Being a dad is cool! :-)

That said... I love my work too much to just stop, and I do still want to get a first "release quality release" done within the next month or so. So in between nappy-changes, soothing walks and food preparation, I have also done a fair bit of hacking. Next time I find the time to push updates to Github (not promising when, but soon...), I'll be releasing the following new features:

  • A new message view; the current GMail-like conversation view is being replaced with message displays inline inside the search results, to facilitate navigation between threads and tagging.
  • Proper support for HTML e-mails, including images and remembered per-sender preferences.
  • Drastically improved thread support and navigation.
  • Lots of little bug-fixes.

Also in the pipe-line are a revamped composer (which also fits inline in the search result page) and support for PGP Memory Hole protected headers. However, I doubt those will get done before I impose a feature freeze on myself and switch to bugfix-and-stabalize mode.

I'd like to send a shout-out to our friendly competitors at Whiteout - they gave me some very useful pointers on how to handle HTML mail, and I took some inspiration from code they have published.

In other news, this weekend I will take leave from my paternity leave to attend the 2nd PGP e-mail summit, this time in Zurich. I expect there will be some PGP and memory-hole related hacking taking place at the same time.

That's all for now... have a good December, everyone!



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