Gmail-like conversation grouping

Thomas Bruederli roundcube at
Sun Dec 31 15:53:12 CET 2006

Nice discussion so far. It's good that we started to talk about patents
but let's not be scared too much by them. Since RoundCube is not
commercial, there's not much to get out of it by any patent holders.

Just implement new cool features and if somebody wants us to remove it
again, we will do it.

In general I like the idea of having GMail-like conversations even if I
prefer the "classic" threads. Pablo, fee free to start implementing it.
We will surely not deny your patches if they are good enough but please
note that for 0.1-stable we will not include more features.

I suggest to keep your sandbox up-to-date in order to be able to create
a patch for the current Trunk version at any time.

Please also read the brand new Development Guidelines


Sam Nilsson wrote:
> Pablo Manuel Rizzo wrote:
>> Software patents does not exists in my country and the same is valid
>> for many other countries around the world. If software patents are
>> legal in some country and the patent exists, that feature could be
>> disabled for that countries, but *only* after Google complaints.
>> Conversation grouping could be an installable module.
>> That's why I don't care. Software patents should not stop Free
>> Software developers :-)
> Good point. This doesn't exactly follow your argument, but:
> A lack of commitment from the roundcube devs on this feature should not
> stop Free Software either! If you were to build and offer a nicely
> integrated gmail-like threading feature for roundcube as free software,
> I would support adding it to the project and probably others would as
> well. I like how roundcube is simple, but gmail-style threading is a
> very unique and well liked feature AFAIK.
> Unless roundcube has patent lawyers that they can consult in the states,
> there isn't much that a small development group can do about potential
> patents. Someone could ask google if they hold any related patents I
> suppose, but volunteer geeks can't very well screen their work for
> patent violations because there are too many patents that would need to
> be examined. It just doesn't seem practical to me. For all I know
> roundcube could be "violating" any number of patents as we speak.
> Anyone agree? Disagree?
> Peace,
> - Sam Nilsson

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