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Collabsuite Development Moved To Sourceforge

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As promised earlier, Collabsuite development has now moved to sourceforge. The project page is:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/collabsuite/

With this move, Collabsuite becomes an open-source project in the true sense, not just in terms of licence.

Screencasts for Installing, Configuring & Using Synovel Collabsuite

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To assist users with installing and configuring Synovel Collabsuite, we have created a few screencasts. The screencasts can be accessed on our YouTube "synovel" channel. They are also mentioned in the setup guide at the relevant places. We will keep uploading new screencasts as and when required.

Collabsuite 2.0.0 Goes Open Source

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After many months of development, we are now releasing a new version of Synovel Collabsuite. There are a whole lot of features in this release, the most prominent of them being:

  • Collabsuite is now available as LiveCD for download. This makes deployment of Collabsuite much easier, as the LiveCD ISO just has to be downloaded, burnt to a CD, and can be installed on any system or VM. Added to this, the LiveCD comes preloaded with all the important system administration utilities, and servers pre-installed. This makes installation much faster.
  • A new web based setup tool has been added. With this, users don't need to run the installation process from any script. They can instead perform the initial setup of the Collabsuite using this user friendly web based setup.
  • Calendar Server is now based on SOGo. SOGo offers improved mobile integration (using third-party software), and improved address-book functionality.

Collabsuite 1.4 released

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Collabsuite 1.4 is a major version release with improvements to both admin and user end functionality. The major additions are as follows.

Former head of Avaya India to join Synovel's board

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Niru Mehta - former MD - Avaya Global Connect, is set to join the board of Synovel. Mr. Mehta has over 29 years of experience in Telecom at Bell Labs and Avaya. He was the CEO for Avaya (A US based $5B revenue leader in communication solutions) in India for over 11 years. He has led Avaya towards unmatched revenue growth during his tenure and established Avaya as a market leader in Unified Communications space. His efforts have won him numerous awards including CEO of the year by Frost & Sullivan.

Mr. Mehta brings in his vast of experience in enterprise communications space and leadership to help propel Synovel towards its mission.

Of Opensource, Enterprises and Open Enterprises

Every enterprise today knows what open source is all about. They also understand the broader value proportion that is can offer. But, when it comes to adoption of open source products, either free or commercial, the major pull comes from the cost reduction generally associated with it. One important advantage this is generally overlooked is the feasibility and ease of integration with other applications and customization.

Integration and customization, however, is not limited to just open source software. Some proprietary format/protocol based products address the integration aspect by providing web service APIs. Such integration is limited by the extent of access to data/functionality provided by the vendor. With open source and open standards based products on the other hand, there is virtually unlimited scope for integration and customization.

Chat history in Spicebird

Ever worried about losing information in chat sessions when using Spicebird? You don't have to anymore. Spicebird now maintains a chat history. The latest nightly builds include this feature.

A new chat history window shows the list of all archived chat sessions. It can be opened by clicking 'Chat -> Chat History' in the 'Contacts' or 'Chats' tab.

Chat History Window

The window has two primary sections. The left pane contains a list with each item showing the contact, date and a preview text of a chat session. The right pane shows the chat session corresponding to the item selected in the left pane.

Tutorial: Port Your Favorite Addon to Spicebird

Many addons can be ported from Thundebird/Sunbird to Spicebird with little effort not even requiring knowledge of extension development. Others require some effort and understanding of Mozilla extension development. Now there is a tutorial to help you get your favorite addon ported to Spicebird.

Fedora 10 Package for Spicebird

Fedora 10 users can now install Spicebird Beta 0.7 from the Fedora updates repository. Many thanks to Steven M. Parrish, Spicebird Fedora package maintainer.

100,000+ downloads of Spicebird

Slowly but surely, the word about Spicebird has caught on and its spreading like wild fire now. The total Spicebird download count (for versions 0.4 and 0.7) crossed a hundred thousand. It stands at 140,780 as on today from Spicebird.com alone.

The Spicebird team thanks and congratulates all the developers, localizers, bloggers and the user community who helped Spicebird achieve this remarkable feat. We will continue to improve Spicebird to make it more feature rich and widely acceptable. Thanks for your patronage.

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