(contact: owenswerk at gmail.com)

This page is dedicated to the memory of a long-defunct project on which I truly enjoyed working, and in a sense still do today.

Hula

Hula was an open groupware server, the liberation of Novell's NetMail. The short story is, rather than releasing early and often, we made all the mistakes a project like this can make, and never got to 1.0. Conferences were attended, developers paid, marketing splurged (and if I remember correctly, somebody paid a buttload of money for hula.org, which is one of the reasons I scooped it up for nothing when I got the chance). But the world never got a Hula release.

If you're interested in a free/libre mail/calendar/address book server, the closest thing that exists to what Hula was meant to be may be found here:
https://sogo.nu/

History

The Linux Journal documented Hula both as a promising new project and a dead one:
https://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8214
https://www.linuxjournal.com/magazine/scalable-opengroupwareorg
Hula was also featured as a cautionary tale at Transfer Summit:
https://www.slideshare.net/stephenrwalli/symbian-collaboration-open-closed-dead

Legacy

Some of Hula's code lives on, in a variety of forms.
Bongo was a direct fork. Doesn't seem to be active anymore.
Netmail-open released a number of underlying components used in Hula, including memmgr, connio, iobuf, and the many cross-platform (xpl) libraries.
NetGovern (formerly Netmail, formerly Messaging Architects) still uses Hula code in its platform services, though none of the end-user mailserver/calendar/contacts features remain.

Hula is the project I fell in love with at Novell, the code base I followed to Messaging Architects, the one I helped rebuild into M+ Guardian and NetMail Secure, and is basically why I am where I am at NetGovern today. I'm the only one left here who was on the original Hula team, so when this old domain was set to expire, I felt like it was my turn to carry the torch.