XS Community Edition/Features/email server

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The XS Community Edition content hereunder does not necessarily reflect the opinion of OLPC. These pages were created by members of the volunteer community supporting OLPC and deployments.


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Summary

An offline email server with sync capabilities.

Owner

This should link to your home wiki page so we know who you are

Include you email address that you can be reached should people want to contact you about helping with your feature, status is requested, or technical issues need to be resolved

  • Email: scollazo <at> activitycentral.com

Current status

  • Targeted release: (XSCE_VERSION)
  • Last updated: (DATE)
  • Percentage of completion: XX%

Detailed Description

Providing email support through the DXS could be a key value add from the appliance. The server must host the email accounts for the clients, maintain an LDAP address repository, and sync up with an online server in the presence of internet connectivity.

Thus a student should potentially be able to send email to anyone, even if they aren't online, but just connected to the server. These emails could be batch-processed when the server does come online.

The need for this offline-available architecture is pervasive through the server platform. Perhaps we should put some thought into this at an architectural level.

Benefit to XSCE

What is the benefit to the platform? If this is a major capability update, what has changed? If this is a new feature, what capabilities does it bring? Why will XSCE become a better platform or project because of this feature?

Make sure to note here as well if this feature has been requested by a specific deployment, or if it has emerged from a bug report.

Scope

What work do the developers have to accomplish to complete the feature in time for release? Is it a large change affecting many parts of the distribution or is it a very isolated change? What are those changes?

UI Design

Does the feature have a direct impact on the work flow, or does it need a UI? Link here mockups, or add detailed descriptions.

How To Test

Testing notes go here

User Experience

If this feature is noticeable by its target audience, how will their experiences change as a result? Describe what they will see or notice.

Dependencies

What other packages (RPMs) depend on this package? Are there changes outside the developers' control on which completion of this feature depends? In other words, does your feature depend on completion of another feature owned by someone else or that you would need to coordinate, which might cause you to be unable to finish on time? Other upstream projects like Python?

Contingency Plan

If you cannot complete your feature by the final development freeze, what is the backup plan? This might be as simple as "None necessary, revert to previous release behaviour." Or it might not. If your feature is not completed in time, we want to assure others that other parts of Sugar will not be in jeopardy.

Documentation

Is there upstream documentation on this feature, or notes you have written yourself? Has this topic been discussed in the mailing list or during a meeting? Link to that material here so other interested developers can get involved.

Release Notes

The XSCE Release Notes inform end-users about what is new in the release. The release notes also help users know how to deal with platform changes such as ABIs/APIs, configuration or data file formats, or upgrade concerns. If there are any such changes involved in this feature, indicate them here. You can also link to upstream documentation if it satisfies this need. This information forms the basis of the release notes edited by the release team and shipped with the release.

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