"The OpenGroupware.org (OGo) project last week announced the
release of its software under GPL and LGPL licenses. This new
project claims to be the software that can replace Microsoft
Exchange servers with a totally Open Source solution. As I looked
at the press release, I saw quotes like 'The release of OGo means
the OpenOffice.org suite is ready for the enterprise complete with
full-featured and mature groupware solutions.' Unfortunately, after
several hours of effort, I learned that this software is not yet
ready for corporate use.
"OGo is an ambitious project seeking to provide many of the
functions that are not currently available in most Open Source
groupware solutions. To quote the press release: 'OGo software will
enable users to share calendar, address book and e-mail
information; they can communicate via instant messaging, share
folders, exchange documents, track changes, share a whiteboard, and
browse the Web all at the same time--all upon open Internet
standards and without paying or managing cumbersome licensing
"The press release also quotes Gary Frederick, leader of the
OpenOffice.org Groupware Project, as saying, 'Just to be perfectly
clear, this is an MS Exchange replacement. OGo is important because
it's the missing link in the open source software stack. It's the
end of a decade-long effort to map all the key infrastructure and
standard desktop applications to free software...'"
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