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Encyclopedia > Kontact

Kontact screenshot showing the calendar view with upcoming tasks
Maintainer: The Kontact Team
Latest release: 1.1.1 / May 31, 2005
OS: Unix-like
Genre: Personal Information Manager
License: GPL
Website: kontact.org

Kontact is a personal information manager and groupware software suite for KDE. It supports calendars, contacts, notes, to-do lists, news, and email. It uses KParts to embed the various applications into the container application. Download high resolution version (949x780, 106 KB)KMail with the Kontact PIM extensions This is a screenshot of copyrighted computer software. ... Software maintenance is one of the activities in software engineering, and is the process of enhancing and optimizing deployed software (software release), as well as remedying defects. ... A software release is to create a new version of the system or program and release it to the user community. ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (152nd in leap years), with 214 days remaining, as the last day of May. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In computing, an operating system (OS) is the system software responsible for the direct control and management of hardware and basic system operations. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Unix. ... A software genre is a classification of software by its common function, type or topic. ... A Personal Information Manager is a software application that keeps track of personal information such as: E-mails Address books Calendars Task lists Task scheduling (invitations etc) Notices There are several software packages that do this. ... A software license is a type of proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software — sometimes called an End User License Agreement (EULA) — that specifies the perimeters of the permission granted by the owner to the user. ... The GNU logo For other uses of GPL, see GPL (disambiguation). ... The front page of the English Wikipedia website. ... Image File history File links The Kontact Icon. ... A Personal Information Manager is a software application that keeps track of personal information such as: E-mails Address books Calendars Task lists Task scheduling (invitations etc) Notices There are several software packages that do this. ... Collaborative software, also known as groupware, is application software that integrates work on a single project by several concurrent users at separated workstations (see also Computer supported cooperative work). ... KDE (K Desktop Environment) is a free desktop environment and development platform built with Trolltechs Qt toolkit. ... In computer programming, KParts is the name of the component framework for the KDE desktop environment. ...



The initial groupware container application was written in an afternoon by Matthias Hoelzer-Kluepfel and later imported into the KDE source repository and maintained by Daniel Molkentin. This container application is essential for Kontact to operate, but without embedded components is not useful by itself.

The first embedded components were created by Cornelius Schumacher. He modified the KAddressBook and KOrganizer applications to create the initial addressbook and organizer components. At this stage no mail client component existed so KDE still lacked a functional integrated groupware application. However Cornelius' groundbreaking work acted as a prototype for other developers to base their efforts on.

Don Sanders created the missing mail client component by modifying the KMail application. He then integrated the mail client component with the other components, and the groupware container application, assembled and released the initial Kontact packages, and created the initial Kontact website.

Daniel Molkentin, Cornelius Schumacher and Don Sanders then formed the core Kontact team. The KMail and container application changes were imported into the KDE source repository, and Kontact was released as part of KDE 3.2

During the construction of the Kontact application suite, the Kolab groupware server was being worked on by Erfrakon, Intevation and Klarälvdalens Datakonsult simultaneously and was completed at approximately the same time. This work was done as part of the Kroupware project that also involved modifying the KMail and KOrganizer applications to enhance them with additional groupware features. Kolab is an Open Source Groupware-Solution. ...

The core Kontact team, the Kolab consortium, and several independent KDE PIM developers then worked together to enhance Kontact by integrating the Kroupware functionality and making Kolab the primary Kontact server.

Additionally a news component was created from the KNode application by KDE developer Zack Rusin, and Kontact was modified to support an array of mainly web based suites of collaboration software.


Kontact embeds the following

KMail is the email client of the KDE Desktop Environment. ... An email client (or mail user agent [MUA]) is a computer program that is used to read and send e-mail. ... In computing, KOrganizer is the personal organizer for the KDE Desktop Environment. ... In computing, KOrganizer is the personal organizer for the KDE Desktop Environment. ... In computing, KOrganizer is the personal organizer for the KDE Desktop Environment. ... Akregator 1. ... A news aggregator, or simply aggregator, is a software application, webpage or service that collects syndicated content, such as RSS and other XML feeds from weblogs and mainstream media sites. ... Usenet is a distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP network of the same name. ... KNode is the Usenet newsreader program in KDE. It supports multiple NNTP servers, message threads, scoring, international character sets, and can be integrated seamlessly into Kontact. ...

See also

The following is a list of personal information managers. ...

External link

  • Kontact Homepage

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Desktop Communication Protocol (DCOP) (1404 words)
Thus components inside of Kontact register twice, once with the name of the container application and a second time with the name of the stand-alone application, so that the interfaces are always available under the same name.
The standard unique application handling isn't completely sufficient for the case of Kontact, because an application can be run in two ways, as stand-alone application where the standard unique application handling applies and as embedded component where the process providing the unique DCOP interface is different from the stand-alone case.
Kontact also makes use of a special feature of the dcopidl compiler which allows developers to hide DCOP functions from the standard interface inspection provided by the dcop and kdcop tools.
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