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|Developer(s)||Novell (NetMail code base) / Hula community|
|License||GNU General Public License|
Hula was derived from an existing product by the same software house, called NetMail, and retained many of the architectural features of that software. However, important components such as the mail store were intended to be re-developed to integrate new functionality (such as search) and new features (such as calendaring, using the calendar server protocol CalDAV).
Hula aimed to expand in three main directions:
- A calendaring tool
- A web-based rich mail client
- A search facility for all mail and calendar information within the server
It came with a web-based client to access information, but desktop applications were intended to be readily supported. Novell Evolution released with Hula support in version 2.6, and other clients were expected to support Hula closer to Hula's release.
On November 28, 2006, Novell announced that it would no longer have anyone work on it full-time.
Since late 2007, the Hula project website has been down. Before it disappeared, it announced the transfer, due to the move of Hula from Novell to The Messaging Architects.
With the future of Hula unclear to many, a software fork of the source code was used to create the independent Bongo Project. Activity on this fork also seems to have been abandoned. Hula/Bongo should not be confused with proprietary mobile phone games Bongo Thinks, Bongo Knows, and Ask Bongo, all of which rely on in-app payments and SMS text messaging.
- Teichman, Peter (November 2006). "Hula Status". forge.novell.com. Retrieved November 28, 2006.
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