JBoss to do for Domino & Exchange?

This one passed me by until relatively recently. Apparently, with its Collaboration Server product, JBoss are gunning for both Lotus Notes and Exchange. Well, I suppose it’s about time Notes had some competition on the features / capabilities front, rather than just marketing eh!

JBoss expects to pick up Notes users to start with, by offering a similar collaboration-oriented environment, with particularly good mobile support. Nevertheless, Exchange is firmly in its sights and for version 2.0, due around the end of 2007, Andrew promises to port the whole Exchange protocol (a “weird fork of DCE”; apparently, he’s good with hex dumps) to Java and open source—not just the web communications subset available through Novell’s Ximian.

Hmm. Long way to go I would say.

The Register: JBoss does collaboration.


  1. I'd be more concerned about JBoss than Exchange in terms of delivering a credible Notes-like collaboration tool. Of course, IBM has Workplace, so we have nothing to worry about ;-)
    RedHat is being sued right now over some of the JBoss technology;
    I don't know if this will have any impact on their collaboration tool.Ed Maloney#
  2. Reading the beginning of the article, I was almost worried they really understood how to build a proper collaborative platform. Then I read this:

    There are some excellent pointers to success already. For a start, it stores its data in an RDBMS – any JDBC3 database, although it specifically caters for Oracle, MySQL and PostgreSQL. You generally have database expertise inhouse, you don't want to be forced to add Jet (or even SQL Server) expertise just for the convenience of your collaboration tool vendor. And, of course, custom reporting (and extension) via SQL is straightforward.

    Oh yeah, that's a killer feature, RDBMS support. (rolls eyes)Damien Katz#

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