OpenGroupware.org Takes on Exchange
Several independent developers have begun an open-source groupware project intended to provide an alternative to Microsoft's Exchange server.Several independent developers have begun an open-source groupware project intended to provide an alternative to Microsofts Exchange server. OpenGroupware.org was founded to create "the leading open-source groupware server to integrate with the leading open-source office suite products and all the leading groupware clients running across all major platforms, and to provide access to all functionality and data through open XML-based interfaces and APIs," according to the group. The group said it intends to work with the OpenOffice.org developer team but maintain a separate hierarchy. OpenGroupware is not affiliated with any specific company.
"Just to be perfectly clear, this is an MS Exchange take-out," said Gary Frederick, leader of the OpenOffice.org Groupware Project, in a statement. "OGo is important because its the missing link in the open-source software stack. Its the end of a decade-long effort to map all the key infrastructure and standard desktop applicationsincluding the Web server (Apache); the OS (GNU/Linux, the BSDs); the browser (Mozilla, Konqueror, Opera); the office suite (OpenOffice.org 1.1, KOffice, AbiWord); and the groupware applications (Evolution, KMail, Netscape/Mozilla Mail)to free software.