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Re: OpenGroupware? -- how is it "crippled" at the server???



On Wed, 2003-10-15 at 14:19, Maarten Stolte wrote:

[snip]

> a plugin for Evolution would be just as logical, or maybe even more
> logical to build for Kolab, since kolab's specs are open, whereas the
> plugin for OGo is the Exchange plugin, which is, at best, a
> screenscraper-like solution to get data from Exchange-webaccess
> server-like servers.
> Mozilla's calendar is pretty cool, but also pretty unfinished, and so,
> no real OGo client exists in the totally free world.
> If OOo's project takes off, and Evolution or Mozilla gets open/complete
> OGo implementations, then, and only then, can OGo be considered a full
> product.

  So are you suggesting that Red Hat take one direction because it is
the only direction feasible (in your view) at the moment?  Even when
that direction will require changing the standard bundled ftp server,
changing the standard bundled imap server, and forsaking every mail
client currently included in the distribution in the process?
  I've got to disagree that a plugin for the Evolution / Kolab is more
logical than making Evolution 'just work' with OGo.  It's much more
logical to make Evolution work with the established standards that OGo
implements than have some weird plugin required to make it work with
Kolab.  Why the hell should we be required to *need* a plugin to make a
FREE SOFTWARE mail client work with a FREE SOFTWARE collaboration
suite?  That makes no sense when a standards based Freedomware
collaboration suite is available and all that remains is modifying
Freedomware clients to work with those established standards.  Then you
get the bonus that those clients will also work with other *standards
based* collaboration suites out there (current or future) without the
need to write some plugin to connect each client / server combination.
  As has been stated in this thread, the bastardized ftp/imap calendar
implementation is unlikely to be implemented by other Freedomware
(thanks for the better terms, Bryan) in the near, or even distant
future.  The standards based calendaring features used in OpenGroupware,
however, ARE likely to implemented by other email/collaboration clients
since they are standard.
  If you haven't figured it out yet, Red Hat rarely, except in a few
rare, relatively non-disruptive cases, takes a path that it going to
make changes harder later down the road just to get something out the
door.  Personally, I like that about the company, and hope it never
changes with respect to that quality.  It's refreshing in the
just-get-it-out-the-door mentality of most software companies today.

-- 
-Paul Iadonisi
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