|Developer(s)||The Horde Core Team|
|Stable release||5.2.1 / August 4, 2014|
|Available in||English and many others (multilingual)|
|Type||Web application framework|
|License||GNU Lesser General Public License|
The Horde framework evolved from the IMP (Internet Messaging Project) webmail that Chuck Hagenbuch published on Freshmeat in 1998. A constant stream of feature requests not all fitting for a webmail application led to the development of a more generic web application backbone: the Horde framework. The first announcement on Freshmeat was version 1.3.3 at the beginning of 2001. The release of Horde 2.0 and IMP 3.0 was the first one with two truly separate components.
Horde as a generic web application framework primarily supported the webmail as well as a set of groupware applications by the time Horde 3.0 was released in 2004. The modular and flexible nature of the software allowed many service providers and packagers to integrate the software into their portfolio. Horde is the software used for webmail offered by SAPO which serves several million users. The software has been packaged for all major Linux distributions and is available as a component in hosting tools such as Plesk or cPanel.
While preparing the last Horde 3 maintenance release in February 2012 the Horde developers discovered that hackers breached the security of the Horde FTP server and managed to place a backdoor into three of the distributed packages. The attack had taken place in November the year before so that the modified packages were distributed over three months. One of the tainted packages was picked up by the unstable branches of Debian and Ubuntu and were fixed immediately after the successful attack was disclosed. The attackers did not modify the newer Horde 4 sources.
The Horde framework contains the following applications and application groups.
Horde Email Platform
- IMP - a web-based email client.
- MIMP - a stripped down version of IMP for use on devices with a small screen or limited HTML support such as mobile phones, PDAs and others.
- Ingo - an email filter rules manager.
- Sork - a collection of four other Horde modules (accounts, forwards, passwd, and vacation) which together perform various account management functions.
- Kronolith - a calendar application.
- Mnemo - a note manager.
- Nag - a multiuser task list manager.
- Turba - a Horde address book / contact manager.
Horde Groupware Webmail Edition
Horde Groupware Webmail Edition extends the Horde Groupware by the Horde e-mail applications IMP and Ingo.
Horde developer tools
- Chora – a version control repository viewer supporting CVS and Subversion.
- Whups – the Web Horde User Problem Solver, a ticket-tracking system
Integration into other products
- List of collaborative software#Open source or free software compares its features with others
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