As plans, decisions, and schedules are finalized regarding
Windermere - there are several things to share and socialize in
order to help you and your organization move forward with Novell
Windermere is the next major release for GroupWise. It is expected
to release in 2013. The focus is on replacing ConsoleOne
with a new web administration console, expanding directory support
to include Active
Directory, and updating the look of the Windows Client. There
are also several strategic and forward looking decisions to
consider. Through a series of blog posts or related cool solutions
articles, these topics will be introduced and socialized. Please
review and respond so that considerations are included and
potential impact and trade-offs are debated.
Software Distribution Directory
The first discussion point has already been published with several
comments, private emails and opinions. Please see this related blog post and cool
solutions article for more details. The changes discussed in
this engineering article are now implemented and part of
Windermere. Your feedback was valuable in confirming the choices
and improving the final solution.
64-bit ONLY Agents
Engineering initially began work on transitioning the GroupWise
agents (POA, MTA and GWIA) to 64-bit during the GroupWise 2012
development phase. QA and validation schedules, along with some
customer requests, forced us to ship 32-bit agents again in
GroupWise 2012. Product Management, along with a chorus of
customers, partners and market realities are confirming that
delivering 64-bit agents is past due. The debate of whether to
continue to offer 32-bit agents has been vigorously argued
and the decision is to ONLY provide 64-bit agents when
Windermere ultimately ships. 64-bit machines/hardware have
been available for a decade and 32-bit architectures were
discontinued by manufactures in January of 2007. Consciously
controlling the 'number' of platforms that need to be validated
allows engineering to maintain a realistic release schedule.
While most organizations have probably renewed their hardware over
the years, they may not have transitioned to a 64-bit operating
system. GroupWise 8 and GroupWise 2012, while 32-bit
applications, are supported today on 64-bit platforms. Upgrading
your servers to 64-bit today will simplify the move to Windermere
The Windows Client will continue to be 32-bit in Windermere.
However, other related utilities will be 64-bit. This includes
DBCopy and GWCheck (server). The desktop/client version of GWCheck
will continue as a 32-bit application. Any utility that is based on
the core GroupWise engine and run on a server will follow in lock
step with the agents.
English Only Downloads
We also plan to simplify our build, install, delivery and
validation processes by eliminating the 'english only' version of
our downloads. Images and downloads will only be available in the
multi-language variety. Windows multi and Linux multi.
Eventually, we will provide a core language image with language
packs. However, that work is not planned for Windermere.
Right to Left (RTL) Languages
Support for the Arabic/Hebrew user interface clients is also
changing. We do not plan to support these languages in Windermere.
We do continue to evaluate languages, dictionaries and geographic
markets. Where support or customers are requesting languages, we
try to accommodate those that meet business justification. For
example, with GroupWise 2012 SP1, the WebAccess Client language
support was expanded to Turkish and Bulgarian.
Administration for Document Management Properties
As the Document Management strategy continues to evolve; product
direction has been and will continue to be to recommend Novell Vibe
for future DMS needs.Novell Vibe 3.3, released in May, expands DMS
capabilities with the Microsoft Office Add-in,the Vibe Desktop, and
through the Vibe integrations with the GroupWise Windows
In the transition from ConsoleOne to the Web Administration
console, the ability for an administrator
to modify the schema for custom properties on a DMS document was
not carried forward. This will not be supported in Windermere. We
also recommend that customers explore the capabilities and
functionality that Novell Filr will provides for file sharing and
Part Two - coming soon!
This concludes part one. In part two of this topic, platform
support will be discussed. While platform support is always an
ongoing topic and can change as new platforms are released by
Novell, SUSE, Microsoft and Apple, we will try to share with you
the plans and initial targets for servers, desktops, browsers, and
If you have feedback, want to voice your support, or want to vote
against the decisions listed above, please do so in the comments
area for all to see. We only ask that you are professional and