Ian Reinhart Geiser on Fri, 11 Jul 2003 10:40:15 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] No August presenter

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On Friday 11 July 2003 06:40 am, JP Toto wrote:
> I would definitely enjoy a tour through the Kolab
> server! Isn't 1.0 supposed to be released shortly???
We seem to be held up waiting for Duke Nukem Forever :P

There are some issues remaining, but the current server is very usable.  The 
client is the sticker currently.  The most annoying part is the server has 
been pretty much finished now for about 4 months and is now just being 
tweaked.  I guess this is good, but im hot to show off my shinney now toy.  

Kolab has some technical advantages over other systems and has some very 
impressive open standards behind it.  I would even be as brave as to boast it 
to be the most open of all approaches, but then again im biased ;)

The KDE Client is stable enough for testing currently, but still has rough 
edges to hammer out.  We may also have a demo for our GPL Outlook connector 
by then too.

For those who are not up on the technical details Kolab is an Open Source 
email and group calender server.  It uses IMAP as the main data store, SIEVE 
as the filtering system (so yes you can actually apply filters to addresses, 
and calender events), Data is stored on the server in vCard and iCal file 
formats as message attachments, so migration on and off of the server is a 
matter of perl scripts.  Lastly all config data is stored in LDAP so you can 
configure every aspect of the server (email accounts, server name, etc...) 
all via ldap.  This makes clustering trivial and integration into something 
like NDS or ActiveDirectory much easier.

Its cool stuff!  If anyone wants to hear more I can talk all night ;)

	-ian reinhart geiser

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