[Kolab-devel] [Announcement] Native kolabadmin application

Tobias Koenig tokoe at kde.org
Mon May 29 14:17:22 CEST 2006


the kolab administration webfrontend is nice for small installations,
but as soon as you want to manager several hundred users or even more
you have real usability problems.

For example if you want to add a new member to the distribution list you
have to input the email addresses, but with hundreds of users you have to
lookup them first. A better way would be to provide a combobox with all
users listed in it. However when your distribution list contains 12
members, your browser needs to load 12x1000 combobox entries.

In this case a native client application which provides the same
functionality like the web frontend could help. So instead of providing
comboboxes, the administrator could search in a ldap search dialog for the
members he wants to add. Also people like native applications better
than web applications, that's a fact ;)

Over the last month I wrote such an application in Qt4/C++, so it is
portable on every Unix and should also work on Windows when libopenldap
is installed.

The current limitations are:
  - uses only CRYPT passwords (can be fixed by an additional dependency to QCA)
  - no sieve based functionality yet (can be fixed by implementing a
                                      sieve tool, which is planned for KDE4 anyway)

Otherwise it should work fine, you can add/edit/delete
  - users
  - addressbook entries
  - shared folders
  - distribution lists
  - administrators
  - maintainers
and configure the services of kolab.

To check it out, just download the source from SVN via

  svn co svn://wgess16.dyndns.org/kolabadmin/trunk kolabadmin

cd into kolabadmin and execute

  make install

For comments, bug reports and suggestions you can send me a private

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