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== Open-Xchange Server 6 ==
== Open-Xchange Server 6 ==
=== Abstract ===
One of the most remarkable visual differences between OX5 and OX6 is the user interface which has been re-developed from scratch with a attention to usability, performance and design. The GUI does not render on the server any longer but it is built upon HTML, CSS and ECMAScript (Javascript) that renders every UI element dynamically at the users browser and communicates with the server using the JSON data-interchange format. This technology is better known as ''AJAX''.
As well as the user interface, all server components have been re-engineered and simplified. Instead of using Apache Tomcat as servlet engine, a custom AJP13 implementation for the server frontend has been designed. All kinds of data is stored to a MySQL database by default instead of PostgreSQL, LDAP is also no longer a core component.Binary data such as attachments or infostore entries are stored to a common filestorage with references at the database for better indexing and performance.
Compared to OX5, OX6 is capable to serve a unlimited amount of users as the backends can be easily clustered using the Java Caching System (JCS). Because all user interface actions are handled by the users browser, the server only deals with raw user data instead of HTML generation which leads to a massive boost of concurrent users and response times as well as bandwidth saving. This is one factor why Open-Xchange Server 6 is used by Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers that offer hosted solutions which are accessed via the internet.
Open-Xchange Server 6 offers a standardized [[HTTP_API]] to connect external clients which use the groupware capabilites of the Open-Xchange Server. Another common interface to the server is the [[Oxwebdavapi]] which provides WebDAV/XML access. This interface is used by the OXtender for Microsoft Outlook for example.
Access for external storage clients like Novell Netdrive, Konqueror or the Microsoft Windows Explorer to use the Infostore module as a virtual hard-drive is realized via WebDAV. This feature is very useful for desktop integration as it is platform independent and all groupware permissions is also maintained.
Server configuration and administration is possible by using the Java Remote Method Invocation (RMI) interface. This technology can be accessed directly or via a set of [[Main_Page#Interfaces | Command Line Tools]] which are wrappers to the RMI interface. Server Monitoring is realized by using Java Management Extensions (JMX).
=== Screenshot ===
[[Image:Hyperion-gui.jpg|thumb|OX6 GUI]]
=== Editions ===
=== Editions ===

Revision as of 13:25, 27 June 2011

Versioning and Numbering of Open-Xchange Products

General Declaration

The Open-Xchange GmbH currently release two different generations of the Open-Xchange Collaboration Suite.

Open-Xchange Server 5 has been released as a community edition that uses the version namespace 0.8.x which is published in regular cycles as a source-only release. It is the groundwork for the commercial Open-Xchange Server 5 product line. Commercial products use build numbers starting at "5000". Outlook connectors for this version use build numbers starting at 4.0.

Open-Xchange Server 6 has been initial published in February 2007 and its sourcecode is distributed via a daily synchronized CVS repository and precompiled packages to the Open-Source community. It is the groundwork for the commercial products Open-Xchange Advanced Server Edition (powered by Univention), Open-Xchange Hosting Edition and Open-Xchange Server Edition. Version numbers for all releases of the server and client/connector software are all starting with a "6".

Open-Xchange Server 6 is the successor of Open-Xchange Server 5.

Those two software generations differ extremely from each other, they use different backends, different APIs, different code and different user interfaces. They have in common that they are maintained by Open-Xchange GmbH and are at steady improvement by Open-Xchange and the Open-Source community. Those two generations as well as the connectors are not compatible to each other as of different backend technology and data formats. Open-Xchange offers a wide array of client and synchronization software for popular PIM client software like Outlook. There is also a connector for synchronization between Open-Xchange Server 6 and MacOS X native applications, a web interface optimized for mobile devices and several solutions for mobile device synchronization. Partners and the community are working on synchronization solutions for popular platforms like Evolution or Mozilla Thunderbird/Lightning.


The Open-Xchange versioning 2009 (After SP5 Update 1) will be structured in the following way:

<generation>.<major release>.<minor release> Rev<build number>

Abbreviation Meaning Comparison
<generation> The first number is the product generation number. A new generation may contain new architecture, different technology and many more. OX 6
<major release> The second version number (major release) indicates significant program changes in terms of added functionality. Major changes to design and enhancements of APIs are possible. All APIs shall be backward compatible, which means, that mainly new functions can be added. If Open-Xchange releases a new major release this will be an even number, unstable interim releases have odd numbers. 6.10
<minor release> The third version number (minor releases) indicates an update with consolidated bug fixes and non-intrusive feature enhancements. APIs and database will not be changed if this can be avoided. All changes must be backward compatible. 6.10.1
<build number> The Rev-number (Revision) shows the progress of the development in single steps 6.10.1-Rev3

Release Levels of Open-Xchange

These are the new Open-Xchange Release Levels 2009:

OX Release Level (new) New Generation Major Release Minor Release Program Temporary Fix (PTF) Public Program Temporary Fix (PTF), Security Fix
OX Release Level (old) New Generation Service Pack Maintenance Release Program Temporary Fix (PTF) Security Fix
Target Audience All Public/All Maintenance customers & Partners L3 Support Customers, Value Package Partners Public/All
Purpose Provide new technologies Provide functional enhancements including Bug Fixes, accumulate earlier PTF’s/ major releases Provide common bug fixes for all customers, accumulate previous PTF’s Provide fixes for severity level 1/2 tickets, for Support Customer, temporary until next Maintenance Release accumulative Fix security holes
Frequency Open-Xchange Roadmap Every 6 to 12 weeks Decided by Open-Xchange According to SLA As soon as required
Support Committment 5 years after First Customer Shippment (FCS) 6 months after FCS of the Major Release Next Major Release Next Major Release Next Major Release
Requested by Product Management Product Management, Professional Services Support, QA, Product Management, Professional Services Entitled Customer (Support, Professional Services) Entitled Customer (Support, Professional Services)
Compatibility requirements/backward compatibility Database updates, Changes of configuration files Backward compatibility to last major release. In urgent cases there could be database updates or configuration file changes Backward compatibility to last major release Backward compatibility to last major release
Test Efforts OX (QA) Smoke Tests, Always Tests, Bug Fix Tests, Feature Tests, Dependencies Tests, Heuristic Tests, Performance Tests Smoke Tests, Always Tests, Bug Fix Tests, Feature Tests, Dependencies Tests, Heuristic Tests, Performance Tests Smoke Test, Always Tests, Bug Fix Tests, Dependencies Tests, Heuristic Tests, Performance Tests Smoke Tests, Always Tests, Bug Fix Tests - Support: Fix Approval Smoke Tests, Always Tests, Bug Fix Tests - Support: Fix Approval
Test Efforts Customer/Partner Smoke Tests, Bug Fix Tests, New Feature Tests, Integration Tests Smoke Tests, Bug Fix Tests, New Feature Tests, Integration Tests Smoke Tests, Bug Fix Tests, Integration Tests Smoke Tests, Bug Fix Approval Smoke Tests

Open-Xchange Server 6


Abbreviation Description Target usage
OX:HE Open-Xchange Hosting Edition Designed for organizations that want to provide a scalable, multi-tenant e-mail and collaboration solution to their customers. Focus: Software-as-a-Service offerings
OX:SE Open-Xchange Server Edition Designed for medium and large size organizations, educational institutions and public administrations seeking a customizable communication solution. Focus: System Integrators
OX:SEforUCS Open-Xchange Server Edition for Univention Corporate Server Integration to in-house customer environments
OX:ASE Open-Xchange Advanced Server Edition Designed for small to medium size organizations, educational institutions and public administrations seeking for a customizable and in-house communication solution. Available for single-server (former OX Appliance Edition) and multi-server-setups. Focus: SIs and VARs


GA Release Name
2007-02-27 Open-Xchange Hosting Edition
2007-03-12 Open-Xchange Community Release (CVS)
2007-06-04 Open-Xchange Hosting Edition SP1
2007-07-19 Open-Xchange Hosting Edition SP2
2007-09-20 Open-Xchange Hosting Edition SP3
2007-11-13 Open-Xchange Hosting Edition SP3 Update 1
2008-09-30 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition SP4
2008-11-05 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition
2008-12-05 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition SP4 Update 1
2008-12-15 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition Update 1
2009-01-22 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition SP5
2009-03-17 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition SP5 Update 1
2009-05-06 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition Update 2
2009-05-29 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition Update 3
2009-07-21 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition 6.10
2009-08-13 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition Update 4 (6.10
2009-09-11 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition 6.12
2009-10-07 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition Update 5 (6.12)
2009-12-01 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition 6.14
2010-01-15 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition 6.14
2010-03-15 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition 6.16
2010-04-19 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition / Open-Xchange Advanced Server Edition / Open-Xchange Server Edition for UCS 6.16
2010-08-30 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition 6.18
2010-10-18 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition 6.18.1
2010-12-15 Open-Xchange Advanced Server Edition / Open-Xchange Server Edition for UCS 6.18.1 (with UCS 2.4)
2010-12-22 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server Edition 6.18.2
2011-02-23 Open-Xchange Appliance Edition consolidation to Open-Xchange Advanced Server Edition/Server Edition for UCS 6.18.2 (with UCS 2.4)
2011-03-22 Open-Xchange Hosting/Server 6.20
2011-04-26 (Planned) Open-Xchange Advanced Server Edition/SE for UCS 6.20

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