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Kolab.org Groupware 3.3 Release Adds Tags, Notes, and Dozens of Other Features

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 months ago | from the who-needs-outlook dept.

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jrepin (667425) writes Version 3.3 of Kolab.org, a free and open source groupware solution, has been released. It is now possible to add tags to email messages, work with notes right in the webclient, and manage your resources more easily. Kolab.org 3.3 introduces a new folder navigation view that allows you to search and subscribe to shared calendars, address books, task lists etc. directly from within the respective view. The calendar got a quickview mode which allows you to open an undistorted view on a single calendar. The user interface can now be fully operated with the keyboard and has support for screen readers as well as voice output as suggested by the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and WAI ARIA standards.

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New Featur? (1)

aitikin (909209) | about 2 months ago | (#47711713)

Really? Can't even finish headlines anymore?

New Featur? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47711729)

Bandwidth is expensive! Every bit counts!

Re:New Featur? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47711975)

Absolutely. This only speaks of their remarkable efficiency and top quality!

Re: New Featur? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47711977)

My guess is it has something to do with beta. Beta always cuts off headlines in posts as well. So Slashdot team, please look into and fix this easy error!

Kolab.or (4, Funny)

alexmogil (442209) | about 2 months ago | (#47711721)

Sounds grea

Re:Kolab.or (4, Funny)

jheath314 (916607) | about 2 months ago | (#47711827)

They have discovered a truly remarkable groupware solution which this header is too narrow to contai

Re:Kolab.or (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47711893)

Hey don't be such a nitpick, would y

Re:Kolab.or (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47715267)

Noboday said Candle Jack. Why is ev

Re:Kolab.or (1)

eriqk (1902450) | about 2 months ago | (#47720217)

Please stop now. This joke is getting o

Re:Kolab.or (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 2 months ago | (#47715867)

>Sounds grea

It's following the lead set in the SuperValu article a couple of days ago.

The 90's called (1)

geek (5680) | about 2 months ago | (#47711795)

They want their user interface back.

Better than GroupWise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47711903)

It's still better than GroupWise, because there's a native Linux client.

Re:The 90's called (1)

nine-times (778537) | about 2 months ago | (#47711949)

It makes me suspicious that you weren't around in the 90s. That's not what web application UIs looked like.

Re:The 90's called (1)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about 2 months ago | (#47712869)

Yeah, this [imgur.com] is what they looked like in the 90s.

Re:The 90's called (1)

nine-times (778537) | about 2 months ago | (#47713473)

No, that's what normal business applications looked like in the 90s. This [designjuices.co.uk] is what web pages looked like in the 90s.

Re:The 90's called (1)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about 2 months ago | (#47714927)

"February 2, 2009"? Wow, I didn't imagine it. The 90s did last forever.

So for someone who doesn't know Kolab from Kodos.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47711919)

Is this really news-worthy or is it just the blantant slashvertisement it appears to be? It really reads like a PR flack wrote it.

Good enough (1)

neglogic (877820) | about 2 months ago | (#47711935)

It can't be worse than Lotus Notes.

Good story to have on slashdot. (3, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 2 months ago | (#47712293)

I would love to see Slashdot cover more FOSS end user apps "Besides OO.org, and LibreOffice" releases. It would also be interesting to see some "cool projects just starting" stories to get developers interested in contributing.
I would love to see sections for dev tools, libraries, and frameworks but I am not sure that their is enough interest in those on Slashdot.
 

For those not familiar with it.... (3, Informative)

Fencepost (107992) | about 2 months ago | (#47712583)

Kolab is a "groupware" server bundle, including an IMAP based mail system, calendaring, etc. The UI is Roundcube, a browser-based mail client (PHP on backend, lots of AJAX in the browser). Some of what you're seeing here is enhancements and extensions to Roundcube to bring it closer to the capabilities of a "fat" mail/groupware client.

If you need in-house email/groupware on a budget, it's not a bad choice - it's actively developed and hasn't had some of the drama and ownership shuffles of similar products such as Zimbra and Scalix. My (possibly incorrect) understanding is that Kolab is an open source project/product with a supported enterprise version available rather than an enterprise product with a "community" open source version available.

Re:For those not familiar with it.... (1)

Barsteward (969998) | about 2 months ago | (#47718399)

it looks like the first web client i'd be happy to use and i hate web based interfaces as a primary app.

Name taken (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 months ago | (#47712679)

Isn't that the name of the "mormon" planet? Authors might get sued by the church.

Re:Name taken (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47715317)

No, the Mormon name is "Kolob". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints couldn't and wouldn't sue over something like that anyway. It is too old, too obscure, and no doubt completely ineligible for any such protection anyway.

SOGo (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47712743)

I've tried Kolab v3.0 since about a year ago for my company of about 10 persons, with an attempt to upgrade to v3.1.

I've since started to look at an equivalent @ http://www.sogo.nu/ SOGo.

Explanation & Thoughts (1)

rdnetto (955205) | about 2 months ago | (#47715609)

To put it simply, Kolab is a FOSS equivalent to Exchange. On the client side you can use Roundcube (a web UI), KDE Kontact, or anything supporting the IMAP-based protocol. It also supports ActiveSync for use with Android.

I set up Kolab 3.2 on a Debian a while back because I wanted a centralised calendar, etc. that didn't require me to trust Google with my life. It's worked pretty well, apart from a few issues. Configuration is a little tricky, especially as SSL is not the default and there are three different places it needs to be enabled. There are some minor bugs and instabilities, though hopefully they have been fixed in 3.3. Synchronization between the roundcube and IMAP clients can also be a little unreliable.

If anyone has any questions about it, I'll be happy to answer them.

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