OpenGoo in the Lab
tested OpenGoo 1.5.2 in a virtual machine running Ubuntu Server 9.04 with the
LAMP server role enabled. As with many other LAMP-based applications,
installation of OpenGoo was fairly simple. I extracted the archive containing
the OpenGoo source into the Web directory of my test server, and then visited a
setup page to complete the setup-configuring the database, creating an
administrator account and so on.
OpenGoo was up and running, I could create additional user accounts, as well as
company accounts for my organization and for client organizations. However,
this process could have run much more smoothly if OpenGoo supported LDAP
manages permissions for the documents, contacts, calendar items, projects and
tasks that live in the system through a series of workspaces. Each user gets
his or her own personal workspace, and workspaces can be created for projects
or teams. I could assign rights to create, modify, view and remove objects within
given workspaces to particular users, and could manage rights for a hierarchy
of workspaces by nesting them.
document editor in OpenGoo (which I used to write this review) offers the
typical range of rich text editing options, but the document editor is a bit
thin on supported file formats. By default, the editor stores documents in
HTML, although I was able to install an optional module to download my documents
in PDF. I could upload HTML or text documents for editing within OpenGoo. I
could also upload other document formats-such as .doc, .docx and .odt-and
manage them with checkout and versioning controls. However, I couldn't directly
edit these documents from within OpenGoo.
includes a basic presentation editor and viewer application, which also taps
HTML as its file format. I was disappointed to find that I could not export my
presentations in PDF, as I could with the word processing component. The suite also
does not include a spreadsheet component, but this capability is on the
project's road map.
its document and presentation tools, OpenGoo offers a basic e-mail component
that supports receiving mail from IMAP and POP3 servers
and sending mail through external SMTP servers. Somewhat annoyingly, the e-mail
component pulls down only 10 messages at a time, but I could remove this limit
through the suite's admin console. At this point, I couldn't see using the
OpenGoo e-mail application as a primary mail client, but it could come in handy
for pulling down messages from a shared project-related account.
calendar component is fairly similar to Google's calendar application, with the
important exception that OpenGoo's calendar doesn't handle subscriptions to
calendar servers. I was able to import events from an uploaded iCal file, but to
keep my events up-to-date, I would have to set up some sort of cron job to pull
down the import files.
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