OpenMoko + Exchange

Olivier Migeot larrycow at
Wed Jan 14 17:15:43 CET 2009

On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 2:45 PM, Nicolas Dufresne
<nicolas.dufresne at> wrote:
> Evolution Exchange is a wrapper around the Web Interface of Exchange server.

Are you sure of that? I thought it was based on Exchange's WebDAV
access, which is a bit different. Sure it's still tied to web
technologies, and needs OWA to be enabled on the server, but it's much
more efficient than wrapping around a web interface, and should work
well over the internet (you can proxy it through HTTPS frontends or
anything, if you want).

There was another connector-like-thing named Brutus, who forced MAPI
commands through CORBA. But it needed some code at both side (a daemon
on the server side, and libbrutus on the device/application). I don't
know if it's still active, though.

There's also some opensource code regarding ActiveSync "over the air"
in Zarafa/ZPush projects. This implements part (only server part,
sadly) of Microsoft's protocol for synchronizing devices over HTTP(S)
connections, supporting even "idling connections" (branded as
"DirectPush") to avoid constant polling. Maybe someone can "guess" the
client part of the protocol by looking at ZPush. It's PHP code, so if
anyone is brave enough ;)

Another way, which sounds much more practical for desktop than
embedded use, is the wonderful work of OpenChange's guys : namely a
bunch of code to emulate several parts of the Exchange architecture
within an AD/Samba4 environment. Though it should be pretty effective
in a LAN, I guess it would need some heavy tweaks to be used over the

Any other ideas?


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