Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Mar 2007 22:39 UTC
Oracle and SUN "With the release of Linux-based Xandros Server 2.0 Standard Edition, well-known Linux desktop vendor Xandros offers compatibility and other services that may give Microsoft SharePoint Server some competition. In the new server, due in April, Xandros will include Netherlands-based O3Spaces Workplace 2.0 office collaboration software. With Workplace 2.0, users will be able to use OpenOffice.org, StarOffice, and/or Microsoft Office to work on documents in commonly hosted Xandros workplaces. At the same time, Xandros claims, the system enables everyone involved in the project to track the work being done on it."
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Sharepoint replacement
by unoengborg on Sat 17th Mar 2007 03:58 UTC
unoengborg
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2005-07-06

Nice to see that they try to offer some kind of MS Sharepoint replacement. It would have been even nicer if they had offered a F/OSS one. Alfresco would have been one alternative

http://www.alfresco.com/

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No MS Office compatibility
by davidiwharper on Sat 17th Mar 2007 04:14 UTC
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2006-01-01

According to the O3Spaces documentation (see http://secure.o3spaces.com/ -- sorry folks, you have to create an account first) the Workspaces plugin only works with OpenOffice.org and StarOffice, making it much less useful for companies running Microsoft Office.

Considering that Xandros Server is designed around Windows and Office, in particular with Scalix for Outlook, this doesn't make much sense.

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RE: No MS Office compatibility
by as400 on Sun 18th Mar 2007 21:08 UTC in reply to "No MS Office compatibility"
as400 Member since:
2007-03-18

Currently they offer their 2.0 version as trial version. Even this works with ms office. The 'whitepapers' on 2.1 on their website talk about the ms office plug in becoming available.

So i guess the upcoming release with Xandros will have this ms office plugin functionality.

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i didn't read it either
by mark_in_rdjbrasil on Sat 17th Mar 2007 21:25 UTC
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Member since:
2005-11-30

people are staying away from this article like a pack of wolves

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RE: i didn't read it either
by Geoff Gigg on Sun 18th Mar 2007 01:11 UTC in reply to "i didn't read it either"
Geoff Gigg Member since:
2006-01-21

Hmmm, your metaphor is a bit inverted. Sort of like Yogi Berra's "No wonder nobody comes here; it's too crowded."

Anyway, the link given is for the vendor who have a blurb accessible from their frontpage.

But Thom forgot to link the story that the quoted excerpt comes from. Namely:

http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS5204729331.html

Geoff

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Competitor?
by yorch on Sun 18th Mar 2007 13:41 UTC
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2006-01-28

Microsoft SharePoint comes free for Windows Server 2003 (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sharepoint/download....) and includes 90% of the functionality of SharePoint Server. You won't probably miss that 10% unless you are working on a really "complex" environment.

SharePoint 2007 is a really really good product and any sysadmin can have an intrantet up-and-running in a matter of hours. The built-in functionality is huge and you can always buy some add-ins for extended functionality.

Sorry, but I do not see O3Spaces as a SharePoint competitor comparing cost & functionality side-by-side.

David

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RE: Competitor?
by segedunum on Sun 18th Mar 2007 19:05 UTC in reply to "Competitor?"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Microsoft SharePoint comes free for Windows Server 2003

Depends what you mean by free. It ties purely into an existing Windows infrastructure, with all the Windows Server licenes and CALs that that entails.

Did I also mention that you have to have a Sharepoint as a default web site on a server, which entails yet another instance of Windows 2003 if you already have a default site?

SharePoint 2007 is a really really good product and any sysadmin can have an intrantet up-and-running in a matter of hours.

Comparing it to something like Basecamp or anything written with Plone, it's quite limited. It's amazing how many people look at Microsoft and think "We should use that". Sort of like SourceSafe really.

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