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EGroupware Anwendertage 2017

EGroupware User Convention 23rd and 24th of June 2017 in Mainz, Germany

Update Programme:

EGroupware_Anwendertage_2017_Programm

We’re looking forward to your topic suggestions concerning the users convention, and would be happy to meet you on 23rd and 24th of June in Mainz.

>> German info page about the EGroupware User Convention 2017

Kind regards
Birgit Becker, EGroupware GmbH

EGroupware Anwendertage 2017

EGroupware User Convention 23rd and 24th of June 2017 in Mainz, Germany

We invite you to join the EGroupware User Convention on 23rd and 24th of June in Mainz, Germany. Visit our workshops, learn more about EGroupware and get in contact with other users.

We’re looking forward to talk to you about the new cloud hosting operational concept of the EGroupware GmbH. Find out more about the upcoming development of the groupware, our “Roadmap 2017” and take the opportunity to talk to our developers and consultants in person.

Is there anything concerning the software, that’s particularly interesting for you? Would you like to talk about your special scope of application, perhaps in one of the workshops? No matter if Community Version, EPL or Cloud: Our ambition is to intensify the information exchange with EGroupware users. We’re looking forward to your topic suggestions!

Possible Workshop Topics could be:

EGroupware: Best Practise with Application Examples

EGroupware: Applications in Detail (e.g. Project Manager)

EGroupware: Synchronisation and Mobile Access: Outlook, iPhone, Android …

EGroupware: Administration, Customisation, Development

EGroupware: EPL Universal: Nginx, Active Directory/LDAP

EGroupware: Updates to the current Version – what to consider?

EGroupware: CE or EPL – Differences and Advantages?

EGroupware: Cooperation with Univention

EGroupware: Become a Reseller

Please send us your feedback to the possible topics and add your own suggestions.
We’re exited about your ideas! You’ll soon receive a detailed programme with the option to register.

We’re looking forward to your topic suggestions concerning the users convention, and would be happy to meet you on 23rd and 24th of June in Mainz.

Kind regards
Birgit Becker, EGroupware GmbH

Dear EGroupware users,

Quite a bit has happened during the last weeks. As already announced, the whole hosting cloud infrastructure moved to the German data centre provider Profitbricks.

New Data centre and optimised Operational Concept

The move is successfully completed, all instances are now running in the new data center in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.  After an extensive research and talks to different providers, we decided to work with Profitbricks as an experienced, German cloud computing supplier. We’re happy to present you the new operational concept for more reliability today.

Standards

  1. Data storage takes place in Frankfurt in two independent storages in different fire compartments on several hard drives.
  2. Servers are virtualised and will be automatically started on new hardware in case of a hardware failure.
  3. Servers can be equipped with more ressources anytime during operation (e.g. storage, CPUs).
  4. The EGroupware hosting farm runs under the open-source system “Kubernetes”. It manages the orchestration of the containers. The hosting farm itself communicates with a “Galera” database cluster and the “NFS” server for files.
  5. Daily database backups and snapshots of the files are automatically created and saved for at least 30 days. This means, if you accidentially delete files, they can be restored.
The standards of Profitbricks and EGroupware guarantee an extended stability and failure safety for all EGroupware hosting customers.

Technical Setup of the Hosting:

Permanent Replication of all data in a second data centre in a different location

To offer even more failure safety, EGroupware now additionally runs in a second Profitbricks data centre in Karlsruhe, Germany. All EGroupware data is consistently replicated (files every 15 minutes) and stored in this second data centre. In case of a service failure in Frankfurt, hosting customers can hence access their latest data in Karlsruhe. In this case, we’ll automatically activate a reading access to your data. Should there be a longer service failure, we now also have the option to enable the backup hosting farm as a primary platform. Even in case of a longer regional interruption, we can therefore react quickly and make all your data available.

Our Graphic explains the functionality of the new operational concept:

Testing of the Backup Hosting Farm:

To test your EGroupware data, stored in the backup farm, you can access it with this URL anytime: „instance name – top-level domain.egroupware.cc“.

For example for our support centre instead of “my.egroupware.org”: „my-org.egroupware.cc“ or “mycompany-net.egroupware.cc” for all “.net” domains. In case of a service failure, the switch from the primary hosting farm to the backup hosting farm takes place automatically.

Preview – Move of the Mail Server:

The scheduled move of the EGroupware mail farm to the data centre of Profitbricks will take place by the end of June. We’ll also establish a replication of all mail data in both data centres. Therefore we’ll also achieve an improvement of spam filtering and virus protection. Customers of the EGroupware mail hosting will be informed about this process in a separate e-mail.
Kind regards
Birgit Becker, EGroupware GmbH

Dear customer,

Dear EGroupware user,

Last week we visited Univention: 300 visitors, speeches about open source, app development, technics and IT in education, an interesting panel discussion and several expert talks at the Univention Summit 2017 in Bremen, Germany.

We particularly liked Peter Gantens inaugural adress: “Why open systems are critical for our society” – How purchase decisions and elections can be influenced with the help of user data and why transparency and verifiability are essential when we’re talking about software solutions.

The panel discussion with Dr. Joerg Liebe (CIO Lufthansa Systems), Holger Koch (DB Systel) und Peter Ganten (Univention) clearly showed, that bigger companies use open source in various fields. Otherwise there wouldn’t be any chance for innovation. Smaller firms still have to follow their example.

We’re already looking forward to next years summit!

Best regards
The EGroupware team

 

Univention Summit

Dear customer,

Dear EGroupware user,

The year is drawing to a close.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the trust you have placed in us.
Thank you for the valuable cooperation.

Our team will be on vacation from December 22nd, 2016 until January 2nd, 2017.
Should necessity require it, you can still reach one of our team members during this time.
Starting with Tuesday, 3rd of January we’ll be back in the office.

We wish you a merry Christmas holiday and a healthy and successful new year.

Best regards
Birgit and Ralf Becker and the whole EGroupware team

EGroupware hosting again receives A+ rating concerning security from SSL LABS!

SSL LABS is testing the ssl setup of domains and gives a top rating to EGroupware.

www.ssllabs.com

We updated the EGroupware hosting to be even more secure and high-performance:

  • HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) prevents a downgrade to insecure HTTP. It allows web servers to declare that web browsers should only interact with it using secure HTTPS connections, and never via the insecure HTTP protocol. Read more about security with HSTS: Wikipedia HTTP Strict Transport Security
  • Updated Ciphers for more robust Forward Secrecy. Forward Secrecy protects past sessions against future compromises of secret keys or passwords. Read more about forward secrecy: Wikipedia Forward Secrecy
  • HTTP/2 is now enabled on all EGroupware domains. HTTP/2 is a major revision of the HTTP network protocol. Read more about HTTP/2: Wikipedia HTTP/2

Groupware security rating

 

The development of the groupware is going on – More about the new groupware status report, further webinars and the user test for egroupwares new tool (collaborative editing of documents)!

New free webinars

The development of the groupware is going on. We´re especially looking forward to new webinars, that will start in October. We´ll provide more information concerning the free online webinars in our next e-mail and also on facebook.com/EGroupware and twitter.com/egroupware.
New status report: status.egroupware.org

To inform you about EGroupwares status anytime, we recently installed a new online status report site. Click here to check EGroupwares status:

status.egroupware.org

The status site shows all running services in „green“. Should one service temporarily be out of order, it will be tagged in “red”. In case of any service disruption, we´ll display an emergency number for EGroupware customers here.
Beta testers wanted!

Collaborative editing of documents is an up-to-date issue for companies and a useful practice for professional networking.  EGroupware is looking for interested users, that would like to test a new tool for collaborative editing. During the last month, the EGroupware developers have been working intensely on the new tool, now it´s time to start the user testing process. Become a part of EGroupwares beta testing team and contribute directly to the collaboration software.

In case you´re interested, please write us at: info@egroupware.org

Thanks for the confidence you have placed in EGroupware – We´re looking forward to continue the successful and confiding collaboration!

Your EGroupware Team

The EGroupware GmbH, located in Kaiserslautern, Germany, is taking over the EGroupware business division from Stylite AG, taking effect in September 2016.

It thereby stands for focusing on the main competences in the software sector, as well as for expert knowlegde and consistency.

Since more than 10 years, the team around Ralf and Birgit Becker provides professional support and development for EGroupware, based in Kaiserslautern.

That means, your contact persons will stay the same. They´ll be happy to assist you by sharing their versatile know-how concerning the software.

We´re all looking forward to continue our successful and confiding collaboration!

Stylite AG is happy to announce the immediate availability of final release 16.1.

EGroupware 16.1 contains many new features and improvements, just to name a few:

  • Calendar: complete rewrite of user interface for improved functionality, drag&drop, context menu
  • Mobile: new mobile phone and tablet user interface, offering compact display for mobile phones
  • Desktop: new brighter desktop template, lots of work on usability and look & feel
  • Mail/InfoLog: PGP end-to-end encryption using Mailvelope plugin (InfoLog requires EPL subscription)
  • eSync: update to Z-Push 2.3 fixing several Android problems and allow to sync with Outlook 2013/6

Stylite AG is happy to announce the third and probably last 16.1 release candidate.

It contains following changes and fixes to 16.1 RC2:

* eSync: several fixes to improve syncing with Outlook and avoid running out of memory
* MySQL/Ubuntu 16.04: switch off sql_mode ONLY_FULL_GROUP_BY enabled in MySQL 5.7+
* Mobile: fix error popup when changing application on mobile device in minimal 16.1 install
* eSync/Calendar: reading events in chunks of 100, to keep memory down for huge calendars
* Mail: Fix mail unsubscribe does not refresh mail tree anymore
* CalDAV/InfoLog: do not export stardate > duedate, as some clients (e.g. CalDAV Sync for Android) have problems with it
* eSync/InfoLog: do not export stardate > duedate, as it crashes Outlook
* ImportExport: fix PHP Fatal in import wizard in minimal install
* Projectmanager: booking new timesheets on project did not update total in project sums

It contains the following changes and fixes to 16.1RC1:
* eSync: you need to recreate exchange accounts on your devices, Z-Push SQL state backend is used now
* eSync: Z-Push 2.3 allows to sync Outlook 2013 & 2016
* Mail/Api: replace deprecated Mcrypt PHP extension with OpenSSL,
use AES128 with pbkdf2 stretching of passwords
* PGP: renamed (hidden) backup-file in users home-directory to .PGP-Key-Backup
* InfoLog: change description to longtext (4GB) to not overflow
on long comments or PGP encrypted files
* Addressbook/Mail: fix PHP Fatal error when clicking on “add new contact” icon in mail
* Resources: fix PHP Fatal call to undefined method Api\Accounts::get_list() when editing ACL
* Mail: fix PHP Fatal error when saving Sieve scripts
* ImportExport: scheduled im/exports fail with PHP Fatal error
* Filemanager/Projectmanager: fix broken layout when showing
/apps/projectmanager e.g. opening Filemanager from PM
* Setup: some authentication types e.g. Cas were not shown in setup
* API: async service failed to run on a default install (no phpgwapi)
* Admin: fix async service testjob to run on a default install (no phpgwapi)
* Mail: fix PHP Fatal when switching identities

EGroupware Version 16.1 contains many new features and improvements. Just to name a few:

* Calendar: complete rewrite of the user interface for improved functionality, drag&drop, context menu
* Mobile: new mobile phone and tablet user interface, offering a compact display for mobile phones
* Desktop: new brighter desktop template, lots of work on usability and look & feel
* Mail/InfoLog: PGP end-to-end encryption using the Mailvelope plugin (InfoLog requires EPL subscription)
* ActiveSync: update to Z-Push 2.3 fixing several Android problems

Please note the changed minimum requirement of PHP 5.4+, recommended 5.6 or 7.0. It means you need at least a Debian7, Ubuntu 14.04, RHEL 7 (6 with IUS repo) or openSUSE 13.1 or SLE 12. Recommendation is of course always to use a current distribution, e.g. Ubuntu 16.04 or RHEL/CentOS 7 with PHP 7.

Recommended installation packages are available in a separate server:eGroupware:trunk repository on build.opensuse.org:
software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=server%3AeGroupWare%3Atrunk&package=egroupware-epl

EGroupware sources are managed on Github since a couple of weeks:
github.com/EGroupware/egroupware
This page also contains installation instructions for the installation via git with myrepos tool and archives.

Alternatively to a test installation of 16.1 on an own server, EGroupware is available as a free 30-days-trial in the Stylite computing center.

We´re looking forward to your feedback!
The final release is currently planned for Friday, 1st of July 2016.

Ralf Becker
Director Software Development