2007-04-23

Horde Groupware is Great

I was installing a new mail server and I was sticking with my usual suspects. I usually use Postfix for handling SMTP and Cyrus for IMAP and POP3 access. No surprises there.

But then the people you install a mail server for usually want you to make their mail accessible via some web interface. There, the situation is not so clear in my mind. There are several options to pick from. There is SquirerelMail, a very easy to install program with many plugins and options available. But its functionality can be seen as limited and it has some performance issues on very huge IMAP mailboxes.

On the other hand we have IMP, part of the Horde project. This is a fully featured webmail program that performs really well. The problem with IMP and Horde was that it was really difficult to install and configure. But now we the good people of the Horde project has provided us with a solution.

Horde Groupware Webmail Edition is a package where in one download you get all the pieces that make a good webmail applications. You get extra goodies like shared calendar, address book, notes, etc. The latest release also supports the integration with the Kolab Server.

The best thing of all: the nightmare of installing Horde and all its applications is over! Now you unpack the tarball, run a setup script and your groupware webmail application is up and running in under two minutes. The sheer wealth of functionality that this install provides is a real joy.

Nothing else to say but to congratulate the Horde developers for such a great application. Highly recommended.

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