The project name is "freeyouremail". It is a perl
program that is developed and tested mainly on linux; although a
WIN32 port is possible.
The name "freeyouremail" does not *only* indicate zero
dollars, but free of proprietary APIs, WWW/HTML email front ends,
specific email client programs, etc... You choose what emails to
monitor and what clients to use (gnus, Mozilla, Opera, Pegasus,
etc...). I.e. you are FREE!
What it does is ... it runs as a un?x daemon (and maybe a service
under WIN32) and "monitors" services (email, weather,
calendar, etc...). It then provides the information via POP3. It
also includes a SMTP daemon server to send email back through any
of the email services. It can monitor just about anything : email,
weather, stock quotes, calendars, ebay, etc... Whatever the mind
can think up. It has an event driven / OO design (perl OO that is)
so new modules are easy to implement.
How it differs from other email projects is this: it is perl, it
isn't confined to one email service (five email clients, one weather
client, and one SourceForge Project of the Month client already
exist), it isn't even confined to email at all (weather, stock
quotes, ebay, etc...). It is a flexible "information"
gatherer and provider.
I chose perl because it is a great HTML/text parser and is platform
independent. Most of the other similar SF projects were C, C++, or
Java. These languages were either not "RAD" enough, too
complex, too bulky, not portable enough, or not
I started the project with the intent of applying
"popfile" (also a SF.net project) to my daily emails and,
as a bonus, got "xfaces" working and populated with
enough images to "take a shining" to it (a good bonus at
that!). "xfaces" has worked out to be a great
GroupWise(tm) Notify replacement. It is also a great replacement
for Yahoo!IM mail notify.
This is very flexible and extensible code. Planned are
"Trash empty", "Bulk empty", email expire,