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Mozilla unveils Lightning roadmap

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The Mozilla Foundation has published an initial roadmap for 'Lightning', the project to integrate its calendar application Sunbird with its email application Thunderbird. Sunbird has been available as a separate extension for Firefox and Thunderbird for a while, but there's been little integration between calendar and email functionality.

The team working on Lightning — a code name, rather than an official product name at present — hope that the integration of scheduling and tasks with Thunderbird's email capabilities will make the combined application more attractive to corporate users, although they're not specifically targeting Microsoft Outlook.

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Games: Half-Life: C.A.G.E.D., Arcan 0.5.3, Wine Staging 2.17

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KDE: Plasma 5.11 in Kubuntu 17.10, Krita 3.3, Randa and Evolution of Plasma Mobile

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