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How Kolab is using Open Standards for Interoperability

Today is Document Freedom Day which started out for documents in the OOXML days, but now is much more generally about Open Standards. This is a great opportunity to show you how Kolab uses Open Standards all the way down to the storage layer.

Since Kolab is a lot about email, it uses SMTP (RFC . . . → Read More: How Kolab is using Open Standards for Interoperability

Using External Email Addresses with Kolab

By default, Kolab does not allow you do send mails from external email addresses that are not hosted by Kolab itself. However, it is quite easy to change this.

In /etc/kolab/kolab.conf find the section [kolab_smtp_access_policy] and add mailalternateaddress to the address_search_attrs. Now you just have to enter all external addresses a user should be able . . . → Read More: Using External Email Addresses with Kolab

First F-Droid Workshop to Happen Soon in Berlin

If you always wanted to learn how to include new apps into the F-Droid Free Software app repository for Android, then the first F-Droid Workshop is for you. There the F-Droid developers themselves will show you how to do it.

When? Saturday the 3rd of August, 2PM – 5PM Where? IN-Berlin (OSM) Who? Daniel Martí . . . → Read More: First F-Droid Workshop to Happen Soon in Berlin

CyanogenMod removes tracking opt-out, reverses decision, but still uses Google Analytics

The most successful and best managed version of Android CyanogenMod is gathering data from users for statistical purposes. The statistics are public and users have the chance to opt-out of being counted. On March 31st this changed. The founder of the CyanogenMod initiative Steve Kondik removed the opt-out feature from the source code (commit). He . . . → Read More: CyanogenMod removes tracking opt-out, reverses decision, but still uses Google Analytics

Android SDK is now proprietary, Replicant to the rescue

I just noticed that the Android SDK is now non-free software. If you go to

https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#download

and click on one of the files, you are presented with lengthy “Terms and Conditions” which for example say:

In order to use the SDK, you must first agree to this License Agreement. You may not use . . . → Read More: Android SDK is now proprietary, Replicant to the rescue

Compiling KDE Kontact from Source

My new KOrganizer showing my old appointments.

I’m running Debian Sid, because I like to have a rolling distribution with the latest and greatest software as soon as it is released. Unfortunately, the KDE packagers in Debian lack (wo)men power and still ship 4 year old KDE PIM packages. Using their experimental KDE repository . . . → Read More: Compiling KDE Kontact from Source

Paying for Free Software

I would like to be able to pay for more Free Software. Usually people think the great thing about Free Software is that it is free as in free beer. They often neglect the fact that it is free as in free speech. This is probably because they rarely or never make use of this . . . → Read More: Paying for Free Software

First Experiences Installing the New Kolab 3.0

The Kolab Groupware Solution lets you synchronize your contacts and calenders over multiple devices and easily share them selectively with other users. It is a 100% Free Software and historically close to the KDE community, but you can also use it with a multitude of different clients such as Thunderbird. Ever since the . . . → Read More: First Experiences Installing the New Kolab 3.0

Updating Custom Versions of Android Easily

FSFE’s Phone Liberation Workshops (or Android Install Parties) are just taking off. People usually have to learn how to flash their devices because there’s no over the air update that easily updates the operating system. The Free Software initiative OTA Update Center is planning to change this. It will notify you of updates and allow . . . → Read More: Updating Custom Versions of Android Easily

What I am missing in CyanogenMod 9

Since CyanogenMod 9 rc1 came out, I’ve been testing it extensively on my phone. I got used to the new look and appreciated the visual speed improvements. I also like the new data usage diagram and predictions. Furthermore, my phone uses a lot less battery power than on CM7. It had power for four and . . . → Read More: What I am missing in CyanogenMod 9