EteSync maintainer here. The project is not dead. The latest release of the server happened two days ago, and the hosted service is actively maintained/fixed/upgraded as needed.
As I said on Github, I personally don’t have enough time to actively implement new features for all of the platforms so development has slowed down.
I agree that when it comes to EteSync Notes we’ve probably been overtaken in terms of the quality of the product (as in, other products may offer a better experience). Though I think that in terms of contacts, calendars, and tasks it’s great and rock solid. I and many others use it daily for that.
I think the number of open issues is a poor indication of anything. The fact that we don’t automatically close old tickets doesn’t mean much. This service works on Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and macOS for thousands of customers (probably many more, we don’t track our customers or have analytics), so a few bug reports over the span of a few years is nothing. There are a lot of different platforms and some of them (not necessarily EteSync) are buggy. Often times the problem is actually user error.
I agree that the iOS experience is not great, I’ve said it multiple times, the problem is Apple and its buggy and restricted platform. Many of the things we want to do just can’t be done, and there are many limitations in place. It actually works well for many people, but doesn’t work for others.
As for the proposal:
- It pains my heart to see EteSync Notes removed as a recommendation, but I think it’s fair, as there are probably better solutions out there. Though I’d reconsider recommending closed source solutions.
- Calendar/contacts IMHO, are still the best product out there. Including on the desktop.