To-do managers regulate appointments and tasks

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© Lead Image © Javarman,

Article from Issue 208/2018

Busy people often keep busy calendars full of appointments and tasks. In order to keep an eye on things, Linux to-do-managers help manage the clutter in a controlled way.

Yellow sticky notes on your desk are becoming a thing of the past. Word has spread that computers manage appointments and projects far more flexibly and reliably. Instead of relying on a jumble of little notes, you can refer to a carefully managed digital to-do list. However, time-management applications vary considerably, so we decide to take a closer look at BasKet [1], Getting Things Gnome (GTG) [2], Makagiga [3], RedNotebook [4], and Task Coach [5].

Basic Information

Large project management systems are often based on a client-server architecture. Small Getting Things Done (GTD) managers usually only run on the desktop. The option to map out larger projects and integrate external resources is usually missing. However, to-do managers also need to manage different task groups, some of which consist of individual tasks.

Time management applications also need to make it possible to integrate external sources, such as documents that you need to complete a task. An easy-to-understand interface and the option to create backups are important features for any viable task management solution. I have picked five candidates out of the very extensive pool of GTD software (see the "Not Considered" box) and tested them for practicality.


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