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Is It Difficult To Develop Open Source Version of GMail?

Hi folks.

Sorry, I've asked this question on JoS before.

I'm a Web2.0 newbie. Sorry for this silly question.

Is it difficult for you to develop an open source version of GMail that can be installed on our hosting?

Why no one build it? It looks like not many people like Squirrelmail.

What do you think?
Permalink Send private email Newbie 
April 17th, 2007 8:21pm
Yea, gmail is almost a web based version of outlook.  I would imagine that is difficult on two fronts.  1.  To get the javascript to work like Outlook would on the desktop.  2. I would imagine that it is also tough to build an application with that kind of sophistication.  Really works like a desktop email application.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
April 17th, 2007 8:32pm
It might be difficult but Newbie has a point.  It's not like it would impossible -- there are tons of Ajax frameworks for all kinds of platforms.  It shouldn't be that difficult to build a hosted Gmail clone especially with all the mail handling code already available in other open source projects.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
April 17th, 2007 8:45pm
You could even use gwt for that matter.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
April 17th, 2007 8:47pm
Yeah, but can you wait a couple years? Every decade needs a brand new email client/architecture.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
April 17th, 2007 8:51pm
It depends. Are you asking about the frontend? Is not THAT hard, you already have the whole idea, and even can see the source code but it will be very time consuming.

Are you asking about the server side? That one is kind of easy. There are tons of solutions which already handle mail sending, storing and retrieval. Now if you are planning to do it from scratch, well.. good luck :)

Are you talking about the infrastructure? Good luck with that. They have a massive infrastructure behind gmail.

If you are thinking it as a whole, then hopefully you will have a good team and experienced programmers.

sounds like a good project :)
Permalink Send private email Masiosare 
April 17th, 2007 9:05pm
The thing that all the G* apps have going for them is Google's immense infrastructure.  I'm including their software, as well as their 100,000+ servers.

Search for Google BigTable and Google File System.
Permalink xampl 
April 18th, 2007 9:49am
newbie,

Check out the GWT (Google web toolkit)
I think one of the tutorial applications is a Gmail type clone. Not sure how feature complete it is though.

Another open source email client you might want to check out is Zimbra. I think it is Exchange ready too.
http://www.zimbra.com
Permalink Send private email Tapiwa 
April 18th, 2007 1:41pm

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