Open Source Group 'OGos' After Exchange


OpenGroupware.org-OGo, for short, and an offshoot of the OpenOffice.org group that develops the OpenOffice business productivity suite--is taking on Exchange, Microsoft's popular e-mail and collaboration-server software.

"Just to be perfectly clear, this is an Exchange take-out," said Gary Frederick, the leader of the OGo project.

The group characterizes its server software, OGo, as a cross between Microsoft's Exchange and the company's SharePoint Portal Server. Rather than offer its own mail server, however, OGo focuses on groupware and collaboration.

The server components provide document-sharing features for OpenOffice users relying on third-party groupware clients, such as Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Calendar. Users can share calendars and a whiteboard, exchange documents, share folders and communicate using IM.

The OGo software is based on the source code of the SKYRiX 4.1 Groupware Server, which, according to OGo, is a stable, mature product with a seven-year history.

The OGo server software can be found at www.opengroupware.org.

This story courtesy of TechWeb.