I admit that I haven’t been paying much attention to Mitch Kapor’s open source venture, even though news of it has been everywhere. However, two things caught my eye today. The first is that Kapor is going to put up to $5 million into the project and the second is that Andy Hertzfeld is working on the project as a volunteer. After Eazel blew up, I wondered if Hertzfeld would remain active in the open source world, and indeed that seems to be the case. Of course, the most exciting thing is that they’re working on an email client/PIM to compete with Outlook, which is something the world desperately needs. I’d like to think that Kapor just got so tired of the crap that is Outlook that he decided that $5 million wasn’t too much to pay to get something better. Hell, if I had $5 million laying around, I might spend it on a decent email client.