Open-Source Groupware Aims at Exchange
Taking a page from the OpenOffice productivity suite, independent developers have begun an open-source groupware project intended to provide an alternative to Microsoft's Exchange Server.In the spirit of the OpenOffice assault on Microsoft Office, a group of independent developers has begun an open-source groupware project intended to provide an alternative to Microsofts Exchange Server. According to the group, 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." 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," wrote 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.