Canonical’s new email client for Ubuntu Touch (and Ubuntu desktop) will be named Dekko
Previously, Canonical has announced that they will be creating an email client for both the desktop and mobile version of Ubuntu (Ubuntu Touch), based on the lightweight Trojita client.
At the Ubuntu Touch meeting from last week, the developers have decided to fork their own email client under the name of Dekko, and moved all the added code from Trojita to Dekko:
“The developers who were originally working on this decided that they want to spend their time on their own fork instead. The fork is called Dekko for those who are interested in helping them. The reason for removeal of this code is that the Ubuntu-touch-specific version is outdated, unamaintained and buggy. There is no point in shipping code which nobody cares about, and thus it is going away now.”
Due to the fact that Trojita is now buggy and unmaintained, they are developing a new client (Dekko) to be in full control of it and to add all the needed Ubuntu optimizations, for a good Unity integration.
The users who want to contribute to Dekko can found the project on Launchpad. Also, since it is available as a click package, most likely it can be installed on Ubuntu Touch, but for now it is not ready for usage.
The story so far
Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu. While the initial plan was to make it available for all the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, the developers have dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch, now based on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu Touch being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet. (Nexus 5 is not yet support by Ubuntu Touch.)
The first Ubuntu Touch powered phones are scheduled to be released this year, in Europe by Bq and on the Chinese market by Meizu, one of Asia’s leading smartphone manufacturers. While there is no release date for the Bq Ubuntu Touch Phone, Meizu has confirmed that they will be releasing the first Ubuntu Touch phone in December, this year.