Who Says Open Source is Kludgy?

By on March 8, 2005

One of the reasons I enjoy open source is that a lot of the more mature packages start focusing on nice little touches that it would take a while for a big company to get their minds around. But since the source is out there, it just takes a little quirk to annoy some developer in the world, and you’ll soon have a new feature.

KDE dialog box

A good example is Kontact, KDE’s groupware solution. If you go to send an email message, and you wrote a word like “attached” or “attachment” in the message, but didn’t attach anything, it warns you with a dialog box. It’s a little thing, but I can’t tell you how many “Oops, here’s the attachment” emails it’s prevented me from sending. Deane nearly fell off his chair when he saw that one.



  1. There’s a bunch of sites that have the VBA code for doing this check with Outlook. This kind of checking is never flawless, but it’s definitely something that will save you some embarrassment. I’ll avoid pasting the code here :)

    Kontact is definitely a tool I think I’ll look at as I finally migrate my laptop to Linux.

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