Look out, World! The desktop office suite and Google Docs and such are soon to be obsolete because there’s a fully FLOSS web application coming soon. Check out the beta. It’s trivial to install. Just unzip in the root of the PHP-capable web server and permit writing to the directory, “owncloud”. You can put the data directory outside the Document Root to increase security. It also needs a password and username for a MySQL database.
Current “cloud” offerings have this little problem with standards…
“Organizations looking for open standard based ODF formats are out of luck. This lack of support of ODF has created a huge demand (need) for an online editor which allows users to create and edit documents in ODF format.”
A neat feature is that they have clients for OwnCloud that run on Android/Linux, GNU/Linux, MacOS or That Other OS to sync local files (documents and images…) with OwnCloud. This would be great for The Little Woman except that she’s using a BlackBerry… Maybe she will drop it seriously. It already has few good dings. 😉
UPDATE By running two browsers and two identities, I was able to share files back and forth. There were a few seconds of lag but it worked. I could see both cursors and what both users were typing from two viewpoints. I just put the two users in the same group, “friends” and clicked share with friends. I had to check “share with link”. I don’t know why, but that works. I could upload any kind of file but the editor only works with *.odt. It’s a bit rough in spots but this thing is usable for many purposes. It even has a calendar. Searching didn’t work for me. It kept wanting to index stuff and never found anything… Overall it’s still decent as a beta. There is a “stable” release at Install. They even have packages for Debian GNU/Linux!