What is 'spaces'?

by Volker Weber

mail-small.jpgWhat? Another Email/PIM software?

Short answer: No.

Long(er) answer: spaces is qualitatively different. It shares many features with standard email/PIM software like Evolution or Outlook. However, its abstractions over information management are designed to simplify organization and access to information and for collaboration from the ground up. Along with the simplicity of its user interface, these elements will not only make spaces a better PIM, they will also allow it to be an ideal tool for collaboration between individuals and small groups. Spaces runs on any platform that supports Java 2 (version 1.4 and above), which includes Macintosh, Windows, Linux, Solaris, and other UNIX variants.

Spaces is a tool that for the first time will integrate seamlessly all information management tasks for individuals and small groups under a single, easy-to-use interface. Using self-organizing P2P technologies, there will be no need for servers. Having designed the interface for collaboration from the ground up, there will be no need for five different programs that always do things differently and need a subpoena to talk to each other. The FAQ contains more information on what features are available now and the schedule for additional features.

Some of the components of spaces will be released as open-source. The product will be free for individuals and non-commercial institutions, and its continued development will be supported by individual donations and licenses from commercial institutions and anyone else who believes in a world where monopolies won't control our lives (and is willing to give something to prove it :-))...

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Nice tool - works like a charm here. Still needs some work to be fully useable, but for an alpha version it's already quite advanced.

Hint for Linux users: best practice would be to change the supplied spaces.sh to something like:

export PATH=:$PATH
java -Xms64M -Xmx128M -jar spaces-alpha-1.3.jar -useSystemFont ~/.spaces/data

and put the file into your /bin/ or /usr/bin/ directory. Don't forget to set the executable bits :-) (Weren't set in the zip archive I downloaded)

Stefan Rubner, 2002-11-23

Darn, I again forgot that MT kills < and > when entered directly. So the script above should read:

export PATH=<path to your JRE>:$PATH
cd <where you unpacked the archive>
java -Xms64M -Xmx128M -jar spaces-alpha-1.3.jar -useSystemFont ~/.spaces/data


Stefan Rubner, 2002-11-23

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