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Old 09-03-2006, 03:20 AM   #1
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Groupware for research groups?

I hope someone can give me a hint with this -
My wife cooperates with a group of other microbiologists, and they need some groupware for their research.
Primarily, they need to share pictures, documents and notes - and send messages; some kind of IM feature. A shared calendar and a chat function would be useful.
As they are mostly Windows users, a web interface is needed.
I have looked at Activecollab and PHProjekt, but they are mostly designed for project management and time and task tracking. My needs are a bit different - more in document management, but the document management systems don't have the communication features.
I have considered using OpenGroupware, but I do not need external e-mail; can this be disabled in a modular fashion, perhaps?

Any suggestions? It will run on a Linux or FreeBSD box.

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Old 09-04-2006, 03:47 AM   #2
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In answer to my own question, I expect to use Simple Groupware (which is anything but) or Knowledge Tree, which is easy on the eyes.
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I've been using Knowledge tree for a few months now and it does work well for sharing documents. However, it certainly doesn't have the kind of calendar and IM features you're looking for. To be honest, I've come to the conclusion that groupware is rather underdeveloped for Linux. OpenGroupware is about the most developed thing I've come across, so you may want to give that a second look. I would think at very least you could leave the email portion unconfigured and just have the users ignore it.


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