Join the first Kolab Technology Sprint
The Kolab Community will hold the first Kolab 3.0 Technology Sprint to have some fun with awesome technology as the Kolab 3.0 development cycle is drawing to a close. The sprint will take place Monday 23rd of July through Friday 27th of July 2012 in Berlin, Germany and is open to participation for everyone interested in Kolab and its various technologies. Components we already plan to work on include configuration management, ActiveSync, Free/Busy, OpenLDAP support and of course the next generation of the web client. More information can be found in the wiki page about the sprint.
If you plan to participate, please add yourself to the Wiki page for the sprint.
The sprint will be an excellent chance for everyone to get familiar with the new technology base for Kolab, get their favorite feature included by working on it, get to know the core developers of Kolab, discuss usability of the outstanding new web client with our team and usability expert Björn Balasz, and get involved in the discussion of where Kolab should be headed with its upcoming releases. Every day we will also have a talk by one of the main developers, starting with Systems Architect Jeroen van Meeuwen, on the technologies and new developments that underpin the Kolab Groupware Solution.
The sprint will also provide a unique opportunity for providers of third party solutions to learn about the new integration options that Kolab 3.0 will offer, such as libkolab and its API to various programming languages. This allows any solution that wishes to interact with email, calendaring, address books or other groupware features to integrate against Kolab trivially. But of course the modular design also allows to add functional components easily. One example for such a low-hanging fruit of integration on the user interface is ownCloud, which has already seen some integration into the Kolab web client on http://webmail.klab.cc that you can try out yourself.
And finally if you want to use Kolab 3.0 on your favorite distribution, the sprint will allow you to work with the developers and other packagers to get the new code base packaged so that when Kolab 3.0 gets released you can be among the first to have your Kolab 3.0 server up and running.
The sprint will be supported by Kolab Systems AG and KDAB, who kindly provide their office space at Tempelhofer Ufer 11, 10963 Berlin for this sprint. Drinks and some food will be provided. We also plan a joint sprint dinner and Kolab 3.0 pre-release celebration which will be held when most of the participants (and especially those who did the hard lifting on the upcoming release) can actually enjoy it.