Thank You Mozilla!! a thick client for Sun Calendar Server!!
By jhawk on Oct 26, 2006
Finally.. I'm excited about a cross platform Calendar application for Sun Communications Suite. Lightning is a project from the place that brought us to the widely successful Firebird and Thunderbird applications.
The thing I really appreciate from this product is that it already has user base. Unlike the other Mozilla stand-alone application project called Sunbird, every Thunderbird user could install Lightening as an extension to their Email client. This gives you a one-stop location for both Email and Calendar activities.
The enabling feature of Lightening is that it is a pure WCAP client. WCAP is the Web Calendar Access Protocol used by the Sun Client Server. This protocol has already been widely used by both the Sun Connector for Outlook and the version of Evolution shipped with Sun Desktop.
Sun Calendar Server users can set this up rather easily. Just download the Thunderbird extension from the Lightning website below. Make sure you are downloading the WCAP version! Then add this extension to your Thunderbird.
Removal is fairly simple. Just open the “extensions” options in Thunderbird and click “uninstall.”
The Linux and Windows users who I have spoke to tell me that it works. (Maybe not yet 100% flawlessly. ) I’m a Mac user, and honestly, I had a few problems. I contacted the development team, and they sent me a build that fixes the Mac problem. This fix should be in a build after the Oct 10th build
Subscribing to your calendar on Sun Calendar Server is very straightforward. Just click new calendar off the “calendar tab.” The other method is to go to the “file -> New -> calendar” on the main menu. Then select “network-based calendar.” If you are using the WCAP version, you should see a “Sun Calendar Server” option.
The Calendar Server URL is a bit tricky. I’m sure most users will confuse this URL with the one that they use for Communications Express. This is a totally different WCAP URL that goes directly to the Calendar Server (or a Front-end Calendar).
It is still a early release, so please don’t be too picky yet! I’m sure after they smooth out the bugs, you will be pleased to find this.
Mozilla Projects Web Site
Ligtening for Thunderbird Project Page