ZAPPATA Personal Groupware

by Volker Weber

jcf writes:

It took quite a bit longer than expected, but R. and I have managed to release the first public beta of our vision of Personal Groupware: Please feel free to download the beta version of ZAPPATA and abuse it.

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Any idea what ZAPPATA does?

Stephan H. Wissel, 2004-08-25

Sascha, 2004-08-25

Well - ZAPPATA is a communication infrastructure. Simply put, it's peer 2 peer email (like in the good old days, when the machines talked directly to each other).

We see it as an addition to your regular email: It gives you a completely private (no spam), secure (direct, encrypted connections) way of exchanging messages (and later other things) with your peers.

To the end user, it looks like just another email account - he can use his favorite email program to communicate.

We provide the infrastructure in the background and manage all the gory details (changing IP adresses, public/private key infrastructure, DNS, authentication, encryption, etc)

You "just" send messages - but without anybody (ISP or certain agencies) in the loop.

Does that make sense?

Jens-Christian Fischer, 2004-08-25

Hi JCF ;)

will download the current version and give it a try on my linux box.

Stevan Bajic, 2004-08-25

Doesn't sound very interesting to me by itself, but sounds like it could become the basis for something interesting.

Andrew Pollack, 2004-08-26

Interesting to start it in debug mode, seeing what it does.
The real action is going on behind the scenes - well, I expected that...
Looks promising. Thanks for mentioning this, Volker

Karsten W. Rohrbach, 2004-08-26

Ah yeah, debug mode on OSX:
java -jar zappata.jar debug

Karsten W. Rohrbach, 2004-08-26

Some more command line switches:

- daemon - start headless (without launching the browser)
- shutdown - shutdown the running ZAPPATA application
- debug - write a debug log

and of course that also works on any other platform than OS X

Jens-Christian Fischer, 2004-08-26

when Setup Automatic Install?

anton, 2004-08-26

I guess you are looking for an automated installer? This is coming when we near the release (and then ZAPPATA will also run as a service on Windows Boxen)

Jens-Christian Fischer, 2004-08-27

We have posted some more information on our website about why ZAPPATA is such a great idea ;-)

Whitepaper on ZAPPATA

Jens-Christian Fischer, 2004-08-27

Old archive pages

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