a Pythonic Linux Sharepoint Services?
I guess one of the benefits of working for a company that is very close to Microsoft is getting to know all their “solutions” first hand. One of these solutions is Windows Sharepoint Service. basically, it’s an application suite that allows people who are working on a project to work better with one another by organizing the way information is managed and accessed while providing methods to organize team work and increase team efficiency.
How did they do it? will it’s simple really, they just jam a blogging platform, a forum, subversion control, and a wiki into on system and provide exceptional integration with MS Office.. thats all.
Why should i give a *? will for starters, this can be the perfect solution for developing software. as you may have noticed, almost all major projects have a Sharepoint like system, one way or another. sourceforge, gnome live, and so on.
OK, now two problems remain: It’s proprietary and it costs money. I’ve searched the net and found an open source sharepoint clone released by Alfresco (google it) but it’s more oriented towards replacing microsoft’s sharepoint technology than providing a platform for POSIX servers. it even integrates with Office!
One solution is to write my one tailored sharepoint system. that, or wait until someone else writes one. I’m probably going to write one myself (most likly using python since it’s very convenient for web applications) if i get the chance.
i’ll probably design it for technical projects rather then general purpose, it might include:
• a Mailing list/forum
• a basic file management system
you might wonder why i intend to write the previous tools all over again appose to using will established tool already available. the answer is simple:
no need for separate passwords for each system and so on
• Each tool instance would be specific to the project it serves
No more overcrowded forums/bug trackers. when you access the tool it will only represent the it’s parent project.
In conclusion, I hope I don’t need to write the thing. but if no other sutable choices exist, i’ll probably have to write it anyways. as usual, any feedback is appreciated 🙂
PS: I might also integrate OO.o if it provides the necessary functionality, and if i have enough time to read on the subject.