Ok, I'll just get this off my chest first. Goldmine is crap,
as an MUA
that is. We use it here at work and it is very useful for tracking
emails. I think it's used to track phone conversations but as you can
see if you look at the headers of this mail, I use Kmail and I wouldn't
even consider using Goldmine. (There's no native Linux port
of the client either, and it doesn't run too well under Wine.) Anyway,
the latest version of Goldmine doesn't crash anywhere near as
often as earlier ones, but it produces the most horrible HTML
mails. All Kmail sees is HTML tags all over the place, even when it's
configured to view HTML mails.. Oh, and Goldmine re-enables the HTML
option at random after you've turned it off.
You can run Goldmine off a Linux Samba server too, although
version seemed to cause us some trouble until we (de)tuned Samba a bit,
more info on my blog:
AFAIR, after Goldmine was installed I was able to enable those Samba
tuning parameters again.
Take a look at a browser based product like OTRS (http://otrs.org/)
We've used it here for several weeks and it's excellent. Unlike
Goldmine, when an email comes in to a particular email address, say,
"sales@..." then you can configure OTRS to reply using the same sales@
address, no matter who you've logged in as. It also inserts tracking IDs
in the subject to maintain a history on a particular problem. OTRS also
has a "Phone view" where you can record phone conversations. You can't
create messages to people though as it's a trouble-ticketing system
which is a pity :( There's a demo on their site, it's good! RT is
another popular one, although OTRS is a lot easier to install IMO.
Compiere, http://www.compiere.org/ (Required
Oracle for now, which
obstacle will be fixed eventually).
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