File Sync Tool for Unix and Windows

Unison seems to be a file-system agnostic replacement for the Robocopy tool found in the NT Resource Kit and others…

Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other.”
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Open Source Exchange and SharePoint portal server

Yesterday the (OGo) site was Slashdot-ed, so I couldn’t really get a look at the docs, but OGo announced the release of an open source groupware, which according to the OGo FAQ “is something between a mixture of Exchange and SharePoint portal server.”

John sent me a good InfoWorld article as well.

My initial reaction is, “Wow!”

Although, I think it’s lofty and a brash move to make statements like the following during your initial release:

“Just to be perfectly clear, this is a [Microsoft] Exchange replacement.”

Yet I do think, given all the open source groupware that already exists, there is indeed a “missing-link” in the messaging area — specifically an open source Exchange option is something that I think will only help the market.

So far from the OGo FAQ, I really like the fact that WebDAV is one of the primary interfaces to the message store; in addition to XML-RPC.

Overall, I think to really support the Exchange/SharePoint replacement claim, a Windows OS distribution will be vital to the success of the project. Although, being that OGo is a server product, it’s not surprising that OGo is initially available in *nix flavors (mainly Debian at this point it seems) — especially in terms of Total Cost of Ownership and given the fact that Open Office and Mozilla can cover the Windows client needs.

I would certainly like to give OGo a test run and based on the FAQ, they recommend my new favorite Bootable Linux CD, Knoppix, as “the simplest way to get something up quickly.”

I may give that a go.

Knoppix Bootable Linux CD

I needed to do some quick testing in Linux today, but I didn’t have immediate root access to a Linux distro. That’s when I popped the
Knoppix Bootable Linux CD
into my drive, restarted and POOF!! …
my laptop is now running a complete Debian-based Linux distro including OpenOffice, Mozilla, KDE, and more. I could even get to the local file system.


Don’t leave home without it! It’s a great recovery CD as well.

“KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it.”

So much Open Source Software

I certainly agree with Mark that the availability of Open Source Software is tremendous — I believe this has been the case for a long time.

DiveIntoMark: “In the future, there will be so much open source software available, programmers will be judged by how much they know about it and how well they can glue it together to build solutions.”

IMHO, the difference is that now so much of the open source software is geared toward the average user and has become increasingly less technically intense to install and deploy.

However, the hard work is applying it to a specific workflow or task.

New version of Freenet released

There are some interesting new features in the latest release of Freenet:

Like for example, “Forward Error Correction and Healing” or FEC, which not only allows for larger files to be shared, it also provides a “healing” feature, so that parts of files can be re-created.

In addtion, “Anecdotal evidence suggests that FEC allows the reliable downloading of files as large as 600MB from Freenet at average download rates as high as 90k/sec on a broadband internet connection (which compares quite favorably to more conventional P2P applications).”

Hmm …

Personal Web Proxy: Agent Frank

Agent Frank wants to learn about the user, observe preferences and habits, and become capable of automating many of the tedious tasks infovores face. Eventually, this will come to involve various forms of machine learning and analysis, & etc.

Note to self: Check this out when you get a chance.

Open Source CMS: eZ Publish

I spent some time today learning about and installing a test version of eZ Publish. I’m still investigating, but so far it seems to have decent workflow and user permissions system. However, it might be overly complex for a blog or small site, but for a site with many contributors and content forms it should be well worth the initial hurdle. I’ll post more as I dig deeper.

Improve Your Career with Tomcat and Aspire

“Information technology companies today have a hidden resource that they have
barely started to exploit. IT companies have, over the years, spent a
considerable amount of money equipping themselves with strong relational
database expertise. But these relational teams are traditionally isolated and
kept behind the glass doors, primarily supporting the development teams that
churn out end-user applications. This practice largely continues even today as
the programming face of IT moves to the Web.”

Hep Message Server

Hmm, this looks like it’s worth a look … “Hep Message Server is software that transfers bits of information between different messaging sytems on the Internet. When it’s done, you’ll be able to use Hep to transparently route messages between e-mail, weblogs, and instant messaging. “