Matt Ronge and co-conspirators are working on an open-source email client called Kiwi. Progress is being made but even early release versions are still some way off.
I contacted Matt recently to ask how things are going, (heh, so did Tim Gaden), and his reply was encouraging.
What he’s most keen to get, though, is feedback from potential users regarding what features they’d like to see:
“I’d love to get feedback on what people want to see in an e-mail client. The first release is going to be very basic, but we have to start somewhere, and I’d love to find out what features users eventually want to see.”
Aha, something close to my heart. I’d like to see lightning-fast searching of IMAP mailboxes, excellent threading, simple single-key shortcuts (’a’ to archive, ‘r’ to reply, and so on), proper quoting, plain text for composing and decent display of HTML messages (cos people are going to keep sending them, whether I like them or not); and finally, maybe, sync-to-Gmail would be nice too.
TextMate developer Allan Odgaard has been devising his own email wishlist too. How about you? What would you like to see from Kiwi?