Gmail-like conversation grouping

Michiel van den Berg flash at daaw.org
Sun Dec 31 16:26:30 CET 2006


Still only USA based companys or persons are affected by software 
patents, they dont exist outside of the US. I dont know where the 
'owner' of roundcube lives. but I dont think the patent would be a problem.

Michiel

Thomas Bruederli wrote:
> 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
> http://trac.roundcube.net/trac.cgi/wiki/Dev_Guidelines
>
> Regards,
> Thomas
>
>
> 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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