REVIEW: OpenGoo Removes Some of the Liabilities of Web-Based Productivity Apps
Unlike Web-based Office productivity apps such as Zoho Office and Google Apps, OpenGoo is distributed under an open-source license and can be run from any LAMP server. The do-it-yourself OpenGoo is also offered in a commercial version called Feng Office that provides technical support. OpenGoo is fairly polished for its age, but it has some catching up to do to compete with rivals' functionality.Web-based office productivity applications such as Zoho Office and Google Apps enjoy significant deployment and collaboration advantages over their older, desktop-bound cousins. These Web-based apps are accessible through most browsers, there's no software to install on client machines, and, as Web natives, online office applications tend to make documents and events easy to share and to edit collaboratively. However, the best-known online office applications also tend to suffer from certain Web-related liabilities. Not every organization is comfortable with housing its data outside the company firewall. (And some companies can't for legal and/or regulatory reasons.) In addition, binding a Web application to a single hosting provider means giving up the option of firing that host while continuing to use the application.
Enter OpenGoo, a Web-based office productivity suite that, as its name suggests, is intended to deliver the online collaboration benefits of Google Apps but in a more "open" manner. Specifically, where the source code for Google Apps is proprietary and hosting is limited to Google's own data centers, OpenGoo is distributed under an open-source license and can be run from any LAMP server.