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12 August 2008, 11:36

Chandler 1.0 finally arrives

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Chandler, an open source Personal Information Management application, has finally been released as a 1.0 version by the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF). Chandler runs on Windows, Linux and Macintosh and is licensed under the Apache Software Licence 2.0.

Chandler has been over seven years in the making. The project was launched in 2001 by Mitch Kapor, designer of Lotus 1-2-3, who created and funded the OSAF to develop Chandler. But the development dragged on, so long that a book, Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs and One Quest for Transcendental Software was penned by Scott Rosenberg and published over a year ago. At the start of 2008, Kapor announced he was leaving the OSAF board and intending to end his funding by the end of the year.

Chandler 1.0 is, some believe, the last try for relevancy from the OSAF. Chandler itself is an interesting take on personal task management, taking the To Do list and the calendar and making them two views on the same set of data. Chandler Hub is an associated server application which allows Chandler users to share and synchronise calendars with other Chandler users and allow non-Chandler users to view that information on the web.


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