[Freedombox-discuss] FreedomBox killer-app

hjenkins hjenkins at uvic.ca
Thu Sep 27 19:21:26 BST 2018

Hello, All,

I briefly corresponded with one of the Mailpile developers about this a
while back, and can't imagine he'd object to my posting part of his
response here:

>On Fri, June 8, 2018, Bjarni Runar Einarsson wrote:

>It's just not considered ready to go into a stable distribution.
We're getting closer, slowly but surely, but we're not ready. And
in particular, the project does not have the capacity to deal
with inquiries from users who are stuck on an obsolete version -
which would happen almost immediately if Mailpile in its current
state went into a distribution that doesn't automatically pull
down and publish new packages based on updates from our github

>That's why we build our own packages and publish in our own

>Mailpile might be appropriate for Debian Testing, if that can be
fully automated, but I'm too busy working on making an actual
release to figure out whether that is the case and how to make it
happen. If you can help, that would be interesting!


The bug is here: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=762385
Note that when Alexandre Viau says that the package is unmaintained, he
presumably means that neither he nor anyone is acting as the Debian
package maintainer. Mailpile is in active development and is certainly
maintained upstream.

Mailpile has been single-user only, but it seems that it is now multi-user:
Somewhat out-of-date FAQ: https://www.mailpile.is/faq/#tec-8
but: https://github.com/mailpile/Mailpile/issues/820

H. Jenkins

> Hey Krzysztof!
> I'm testing Mailpile right now (see signature below :) ) and I
> find it very nice! The gmail-look-alike interface is sure nice
> touch and welcoming to those of us migrating away from google
> services, as is the ability to search large amount of messages.
> Even better, the privacy focus of Mailpile (OpenPGP support,
> encryption etc.) is in line with Freedombox philosophy.
> As for why it is (and sadly, currently cannot be) included in
> Freedombox: as wiki [1] notes, mailpile is not yet included in
> official debian package repositories and so cannot be included in
> Freedombox neither. Related bug has no progress since 2016 :(
> Although Mailpile team provides debian package, it is not yet
> included in official package repositories and is not even
> install-able on debian testing (depends on spambayes which is not
> yet included).
> So, looks like Mailpile team has plans for official Debian
> package - this will have to be done before it can be considered
> for Freedombox.
> D.
> [1] - https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/LeavingTheCloud
> PS: I've just noticed that I'm replying to month-old message, oh
> well.
> Krzysztof Nędzyński  <knedzynski at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> My name is Kris Nedzynski, I am from Poland.
>> I would like to suggest something. I believe that FreedomBox
>> will be a very attractive solution if it provided import from
>> Gmail (Google Takeout) feature.
>> btw, are there any obstacles preventing Freedombox from taking
>> advantage of work made by the Mailpile team as far as email is
>> concerned? It would be very nice to have fast search to in
>> order sort something like 10GB of email data.
>> Best,
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