January 22nd, 2010
Well, this has been nostalgic – I haven’t pulled a packaging all-nighter in a while!
I was still sore about having to rely on Google for my calendar / contact synchronization, so I figured I’d sort that out. Cue eGroupWare. This is a rather nice SOHO/small business-targeted groupware suite; it does contacts, calendars, tasks and a few other bits and pieces, with a decent web interface and synchronization via GroupDAV / WebDAV and SyncML. I spent most of the evening updating the Mandriva packages for eGroupWare, which existed but were extremely old. I got those updated nicely, and set up the software onto my web server. Making sure to follow all the instructions (and make the package do the same, as much as I could) I was able to set up a calendar and contact list and synchronize them to Evolution on my laptop and desktop via WebDAV – very slick! I haven’t yet tested syncing with my phone via SyncML / Funambol, but I expect it to work fine.
This may in fact be a good candidate for something I’ve been working with the infrastructure group to try and sort out for a long time – a Fedora project calendaring (and possibly other groupware functions) system. Everything else we’ve come across is either broken, obsolete, has a bad web interface / no interface, no CalDAV support, only works with Sun Java, is crazily coded, or any or all of the above. This doesn’t seem particularly crazy, is actively maintained, has a nice web interface and CalDAV support, and is written in PHP – so it looks good. We’ll see where that goes. The ultimate goal would be to have a Fedora project groupware server where Fedora projects and SIGs could do scheduling and stuff in a collaborative way.
I’m uploading the updated eGroupWare packages for Mandriva to all supported repos.