Tuesday, 07 September 2010 10:43

Google plans open source Wave in a Box

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Google has announced plans to release a working and workable subset of its now defunct Google Wave project as the open source Wave in a Box.


When Google announced last month that it would cease the development of the Google Wave communication and collaboration system due to low levels of user adoption, it noted that the central parts of the code were already open source and that it would develop tools to help users extract their content from Wave.

Google has now decided to package the software in a form that will allow organisations to host their own waves, although it will not have the full functionality of Google Wave.

The so-called Wave in a Box will be based on the existing open source code and include a server and a web client. Features will include threaded conversations, support for importing data from Google Wave, and the ability to federate with other Wave in a Box instances.

A number of vendors are already working on wave technology and more specifically the Wave Federation Protocol, including SAP, Novell and ProcessOne. In addition, various open source projects are incorporating wave features.

Google will continue to operate the service at wave.google.com at least until the end of 2010.


 


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