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Lotus Advisor: OpenNTF: The Future of Notes/Domino?

Nov 06, 2002, 19:00 (15 Talkback[s])
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"What do you get when you combine a passion for the Notes/ Domino platform with the spirit of open source? You get OpenNTF ( Based on Nathan Freeman's vision dating back to the R5 beta cycle in 1998, and on the more recent addition of Bruce Elgort's organizational flair, OpenNTF has a stated mission 'to provide applications for Lotus Notes as open source which may be freely distributed, to increase the awareness of the power of Notes.'

"There's a wide variety of open source projects, and Nathan Freeman says he's always looking to expand the list. 'Mail template modifications are a big one. Messaging is so critical to the operation of so many Notes shops, but at the same time, its use is very personal and specific to a given user. So we're putting a lot of focus on super-configuration on mail. That's seeing some great payoff, and will see a bit more with our OpenNTF Notes 6 mail template.'

"But mail templates are hardly the only applications. Freeman continues, 'The other big area is development tools--enablers that cut development time for Domino apps. XML/XSLT abstractors, workflow templates, Crimson are designed to make it easier and faster for Domino shops to build and deploy new tools. Developers like to build things that save them from a lot of work later. We also like to solve really hard problems and show off the results...'"

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[Editor's Note: In related news, IBM has just announced the availability of a free trial version of the Domino 6 Gold release for Linux.

According to a blurb contributed to Linux Today: "Some of the major features include: HTTP 1.1 persistent connections, improved session handling, better denial of service attack handling, custom tag library for those developers developing J2EE applications, activity logging enhancement to include more detailed information about Notes sessions, create multiple instances of the Domino server, each with its own program directory, on a single UNIX machine, and an automatic fault recovery feature is available."

The trial software may be downloaded from the IBM site. A technical overview is also available.]

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