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Chandler, an open-source personal information manager, hits its first public release

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Chandler, an open-source personal information manager (PIM), has reached its first public release milestone, version 0.6, and is now available for download.

Chandler, which used to be called Vista when it was still a prototype, aims to do for PIMs and calendaring applications what Firefox did for web browsers. Available for Windows (tested only with XP), OSX and Linux, the application binary is a 60 MB download (the Linux binary comes bundled as an RPM and is only 23 MB). The user interface bears more than a slight resemblance to Apple's own iCal product, with each task on the calendar highlighted with a rounded, colorful overlay. As to be expected, there are significant gaps in functionality in the 0.6 product, and a few rough edges with the user interface. It was easy to create new events in the calendar by dragging and dropping, but it was not immediately obvious how to create new categories of event that are represented by different colors, which is a simple process in iCal.

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