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[SLE] Re: OT - Groupware solution suggestions ?
  • From: "T. Ribbrock" <admin_slox-e@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 11:44:00 +0200
  • Message-id: <20060719094359.GS22280@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, Jun 29, 2006 at 02:27:19PM -0500, DataIntellect wrote:
> I need a web based groupware solution (email, shared calendar, todo list,
> etc) that would allow the following:

We are using Kolab for this: http://www.kolab.org/

> 1) web access to the tool

Admittedly, that is still in development (via Horde), but some folks on
the Kolab lists have reported decent success. For now, we're only offering
mail access via Squirrelmail.


> 2) ability to allow client tools to access the email, calendar, etc like
> Kontact and Outlook (Outlook is especially important)

There are plugins for Outlook for Kolab, but I haven't tested them.


> 3) the ability to save info locally for 'offline' access to calendar,
> pulled email, etc via the local client tool

That's built-in for Kolab, as it's using DIMAP/cached IMAP.


One thing to consider if you have Outlook users is the way the agenda
works - we were using SLOX before and our Outlook users (or better: those
used to Outlook) had big problems with the way appointments worked. SLOX
does not send invitations to appointments (like Kolab does and like the
Outlook folks are used to) but notifications. The difference is that you
can accept/deny an invitation directly upon receipt and if you deny,
nothing will be changed in your agenda. Contrary to that, a notification
just tells you that an appointment already has been placed into your
agenda - you then have to do some extra steps to deny it "after the fact".
Our users did not like this at all and this was one of the reasons not to
use eGroupware (which - as far as my tests showed - also uses
notifications).

Cheerio,

Thomas


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