Last week in Kube

Perhaps if Windows wasn’t such a PITA there would be more progress 😉

  • The Conversation view received some vim-style keyboard bindings (because who uses a mouse anyways).
  • The INBOX is now automatically selected when Kube is started, so we show something useful immediately.
  • Progress on Kube for Windows. Everything builds, but there are still a couple of remaining issues to sort out.
  • Ported from QGpgME to plain old GpgME. This was a necessary measure to build Kube on Windows, but also generally reduced complexity while removing the dependency on two large libraries that do nothing but wrapping the C interface.
  • Ported away from readline to cpp-linenoise, which is a much simpler and much more portable replacement for readline.
  • Rémi implemented the first steps for range queries, which will allow us to retrieve only the events that we require for to e.g. render a week in the calendar.
  • The storage layer got another round of fixes, fixing a race condition that could happen when initially creating the database for the first time (Blogpost on how to use LMDB).
  • The IMAP resource no longer repeatedly tries to upload messages that don’t conform to the protocol (Not that we should ever end up in that situation, but bugs…).
  • The CalDAV/CardDAV backends are now fully functional and support change-replay to the server (Rémi).
  • The CalDAV backend gained support for tasks.
  • Icons are now shipped and loaded from a resource file after running into too many problems otherwise on Windows.
  • A ton of other fixes for windows compatiblity.
  • A bunch of mail rendering fixes (also related to autocrypt among others).
  • Work on date range queries for efficient retrieval of events has been started.

Kube Commits, Sink Commits

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More information on the Kolab Now blog!

“Kube is a modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick on top of a high performance, low resource usage core. It provides online and offline access to all your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, todo’s and more. With a strong focus on usability, the team works with designers and UX experts from the ground up, to build a product that is not only visually appealing but also a joy to use.”

For more info, head over to: kube.kde.org

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Last week in Kube

Kube by now is my daily driver, and we’ve managed to iron out a lot of the remaining kinks since the last update.

  • Rémi is now on board Blogpost
  • Xapian based search is alive and kicking Blogpost.
  • Search in conversationview via syntaxhighlighting.
  • Support for operations on aggregated values (such as threads). This allows us to i.e. mark an entire thread as read.
  • Fixed rendering of encrypted+signed messages.
  • Forwarding of encrypted mails (so they are properly re-encrypted to the recipient) (Rémi)
  • A revamp of the Addressbook (Michael)
  • Support for GPG key import and export (attaching the key to the mail) (Rémi)
  • We now highlight folders that contain new mails.
  • We’ve got a experimental but working build on mac (gpg not withstanding) Blogpost
  • Michael and Rémi are spearheading calendaring in Kube! (we’ve already merged first versions of calendar view and CalDAV backend)

Kube Commits, Sink Commits

Previous updates

More information on the Kolab Now blog!

“Kube is a modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick on top of a high performance, low resource usage core. It provides online and offline access to all your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, todo’s and more. With a strong focus on usability, the team works with designers and UX experts from the ground up, to build a product that is not only visually appealing but also a joy to use.”

For more info, head over to: kube.kde.org

Last week in Kube

New year, new Kube =)

  • Setup a clearer structure for the application with “Views” as the highest level components (composer, conversation, addressbook, log, accounts).
  • Made sure that individual views are self contained and can be launched using qmlscene. This is not only good for modularity, but simplifies the workflow when working on the UI.
  • Improved the test and prototyping infrastructure: Blogpost
  • A little investigation in where all the memory goes: Blogpost
  • Added an extension mechanism that allows us to easily experiment with new views, without compromising the main application.
  • Support to unlock kube from the commandline as a poor-mans keyring integration.
  • A rather large cleanup of encryption related code used in the message parser got rid of over 1k SLOC.
  • The encrypted/signed state of a mail is now properly visualized.
  • A storage upgrade mechanism was added (Although upgrading for now means removing all local data).
  • Large payloads are no longer stored externally but inline in the database. Tests have shown that this is not less performant, but improves the fault resiliency and simplifies the system.
  • A first version of Xapian based fulltext search for local content just landed (Blogpost will follow).
  • As always, a variety of bugfixes.

Kube Commits, Sink Commits

Previous updates

More information on the Kolab Now blog!

“Kube is a modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick on top of a high performance, low resource usage core. It provides online and offline access to all your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, todo’s and more. With a strong focus on usability, the team works with designers and UX experts from the ground up, to build a product that is not only visually appealing but also a joy to use.”

For more info, head over to: kube.kde.org

Last week in Kube

We’re now running a Kube program with Kolab Now where you can get a basic Kolab Now account now, and see it’s features grow together with Kube, while the price remains the same. To take advantage of that offer, install the Kolab Now flatpak and signup through Kube.

  • Fixed a problem where emails with a header larger than 8kb would not be parsed correctly.
  • Added a Kolab Now signup capability to the Kolab Now settings.
  • Added merging of log entries of the same type so you don’t end up with multiple errors.
  • Added a dedicated error view for some classes of errors: Blogpost
  • Added support for PGP encryption: Blogpost
  • Fixed opening of attachments in the flatpak(s) (/tmp needed to be shared with the host system).
  • Added a dockercontainer to the kube repository that is used for CI and can be used for development.
  • Added ASAN and LSAN checkers (LLVM based memory/leak checkers) to sink and fixed various related issues.
  • Created a stresstest for sink which allows to continously run synchronizations and queries. This is used to trigger hard to find crashes.

Kube Commits, Sink Commits

Previous updates

More information on the Kolab Now blog!

“Kube is a modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick on top of a high performance, low resource usage core. It provides online and offline access to all your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, todo’s and more. With a strong focus on usability, the team works with designers and UX experts from the ground up, to build a product that is not only visually appealing but also a joy to use.”

For more info, head over to: kube.kde.org

Last week in Kube

Ooops, skipped a couple of weeks. Development did not stop though, although there was some infrastructure work to be done and less user-visible changes therefore.

Temporarily reverted the commit to demonstrate incremental query performance improvements.

Kube Commits, Sink Commits

Previous updates

More information on the Kolab Now blog!

“Kube is a modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick on top of a high performance, low resource usage core. It provides online and offline access to all your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, todo’s and more. With a strong focus on usability, the team works with designers and UX experts from the ground up, to build a product that is not only visually appealing but also a joy to use.”

For more info, head over to: kube.kde.org

Kube: Finding our Focus

Over the past two years we’ve been laying the ground work towards the first goal of a simple and beautiful mail client.
By now we have the first few releases out, and the closer we get to our goal, the less clear becomes what the next goal on our roadmap is.

So here’s something that we’ll be focusing on:kolabnow_logoAn obvious reason why we picked Kolab Now is because it is what sustains the larger part of the Kube team, allowing us to work on this project in the first place. However, it’s also a prime example of a completely Open Source and standards compliant service. Improving the Kolab experience means improving IMAP support, improving the CardDAV implementation, perhaps even adding CalDAV. It also means implementing proper GPG support, and pushing the user experience edge by edge to where we expect it to be. Things that all standards compliant services will benefit from. The Kolab Now service ensures we can focus on the relevant problems by taking variables out of the equation by being essentially the reference installation of Kolab.

Now, this means that we’ll be putting a little more focus on the single account experience, it does not mean we’ll be dropping support for multi-account setups though. The develop branch (which will lead to the next release) will continue to support multiple accounts and account types. What we will do though is acknowledge that very little testing is happening with other services than Kolab, and that we will probably not prioritize any features that are exclusive for other services (such as GMail’s non standard IMAP behavior) in the near future. It’s about focus, not exclusion.

There are many other goals ahead of course, that’s not the problem. Various platforms to be conquered, CalDAV access to our calendaring data, perfecting the mail experience, a beautiful calendar view, working out the grand scheme of how we tie all these bits together and produce something unique… Lot’s of exciting stuff that we’re looking forward to be working on!

However, it’s also easy to get lost in all those possibilities. It’d be easy to hack together some half-baked implementations for a variety of those ideas, and then revise those implementations or just pick the next bit. But that doesn’t lead to what we want. We want a product that is actually used and just works, and that requires focus. Especially since we’re a small team, it’s more important than ever that we maintain, if not increase, our focus. Kolab Now gives us something to focus on.

Kube for Kolab Now

With that said, I’d like to announce the Kolab Now edition of Kube, that we’ve made available as an early access release.

Kolab Now Configuration
Kube’s simplified account setup for Kolab Now.

This is a completely separate release-stream that supports Kolab Now exclusively, and does not replace general purpose Kube releases. But it is not a separate codebase (For simplicity there exists a kolabnow release branch with a two-line patch, but that’s all there ever will be).

We’ll regularly update this release to share our latest developments with you.

If you already are, or would like to become a Kolab Now user, then you’re welcome to join us on our journey to bringing you the best possible Kube experience to your desktop. You’re not only going to profit from a great service, but you’ll also help sustain the development of Kube.

For future updates, keep an eye on blogs.kolabnow.com

Last week in Kube

“Kube is a modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick on top of a high performance, low resource usage core. It provides online and offline access to all your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, todo’s and more. With a strong focus on usability, the team works with designers and UX experts from the ground up, to build a product that is not only visually appealing but also a joy to use.”

For more info, head over to: kube.kde.org

  • Added support for secret distribution to resources in sink. This will be the base for avoiding passwords in configuration files.
  • Added a simple in-memory keyring in Kube. Doesn’t persist the password yet as we have no secure storage.
  • Simplified the configuration dialog to only require name + email address
  • Moved the password entry into a separate view so we can request the password on startup if not available.
  • Fixed keyboard focus in configuration and password view.
  • Fixed indefinitely growing webviews. This was a problem with mails that would always grow one pixel larger than what was available which lead to a resize cycle.

Kube Commits, Sink Commits

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