Mission: To create, as a community, the leading open source groupware
server to integrate with the leading open source office suite products
and all the leading groupware clients running across all major
platforms, and to provide access to all functionality and data through
open XML-based interfaces and APIs.
Use Open Protocols
We find it even more important to support open protocols than to provide
the source code for a groupware solution, since open protocols provide
the real freedom of choice for the customer and allow integration into
existing IT infrastructures.
Work With Other OpenSource Server Projects
Groupware is in a miserable state when it comes to interoperability, we
try to fix that issue by cleanly documenting all the protocols used by the
OGo reference server and by building protocol bridges.
Other OpenSource groupware projects like phpGroupWare or Kolab
are not seen as competitors to the goal OpenGroupware.org is trying to accomplish! In contrast, given the unique nature of OpenSource projects, we can work together and learn from each other to provide the best possible solution
for the target audience.
Build An Excellent Web Interface
Web technologies have significant advantages in various areas. We think that
a web interface is equally important as a native GUI interface and our goal
is to provide a high quality, user friendly one.
Interoperate With As Many Native Clients As Possible
We are also looking into technologies like Mozilla XUL or DHTML to improve
the usability, but we are committed to provide an interface for HTML 4 "only"
While web technologies develop further and further into the traditional
desktop application space, they still do not provide the same ease of use
and speed of use of native applications. Further, Internet still isn't
available everywhere, so we need offline solutions for mobile workers.
Use An Open Storage
So we work on integrating available native clients like Outlook, Glow or Evolution.
Another major problem with a lot of current groupware solutions is that they
use a proprietary data storage. We are going to use standard SQL databases,
we are going to document the database schema and we are going to provide
an adaptor mechanism to allow free choice of the database server.
Integrate OGo Into Office Environment
Crucial business data is stored in groupware systems and should be readily
Groupware does not end at a calendar, it's important to enable a team to
share information and that information is often held in the form of Office
files, like spreadsheets, word processor documents or presentation files.
OpenGroupware.org aims to provide a central team storage and processing
facility to allow easy sharing of those informations.
Write A New Groupware Native Client
The state of OpenSource groupware clients isn't yet perfect, but rapidly
improving. So for now we try to help those projects to build a solid groupware client and to integrate with OpenGroupware.org using standard
Port The Reference Server To Windows
Yet we keep in mind that an own native client may be required to provide
access to the rich collaboration functionality contained in the reference
We feel that it is far less important to support Windows as a server operating system than as a client operating system. A Windows port is
certainly interesting, especially during evaluation, and certainly possible,
but is not our primary focus.
Write Yet Another E-Mail Server ...
There are excellent opensource email servers available. We see no need in
writing a new one when Cyrus, Courier, Washington IMAP or Apache James
provide proven solutions able to handle the largest requirements.
Write Yet Another IM Server ...
The services provided by the OGo groupware reference server and the services
provided by an IMAP4 server complement each other perfectly.
Nevertheless we are committed in helping users and developers work with
existing mail servers, by providing documentation, administrative interfaces,
packages and middleware for bridging XML based protocols to IMAP4.
Just use Jabber. Period.
Write Yet Another Directory Server ...
OpenLDAP is open source, it works, it's stable, it comes with any Linux
distribution. Why build a new one ?
We are going to build mechanisms to feed the LDAP server and to access
LDAP servers though. And we are going to build instructions on how to
integrate OpenLDAP (or any other LDAP compliant server) into a OGo infrastructure.