Scheduling the Space-Time Continuum with Minkowsky

Billed as the Space/Time manager, Minkowsky uses a client-server

approach to allow group members to share and manage their schedules

together. The Minkowsky server manages the data for all users while

allowing them to access the schedule data from the Minkowsky client

running on the users' desktop PCs.

Within Minkowsky, you can schedule meetings when everyone is free, avoid

conflicts for meeting rooms, send out email invitations to meeting

participants as well as reminder messages closer to the meeting time.

Minkowsky sends email messages to the registered email address, which is

stored in the Minkowsky address book rather than the local user address

books, for each user invited to the meeting. This feature specifically

allows you to add outside participants, such as non-employees, to

meetings.

The Minkowsky user interface allows you to view group schedules and see,

for example, how many meetings are going on each month (generally, too

many). The user interface seems nicely laid out and easy to follow.

The name Minkowsky comes from a play on words in German, where

scheduling software can be described as managing space/time -- as in the

space-time continuum. In physics, Minkowsky diagrams are used to display

the space-time continuum. All this makes for a memorable name and fun

play on words.

Written in the Tcl scripting language with the Tix extensions as well as

addition extensions written in C++, Minkowsky should run on most Linux

systems. It does not depend on a database, instead using built-in

database-like functionality.

You can download versions for Intel and PowerPC versions of Linux from

http://www.r-goetz.de/minkowsky/en. Minkowsky should also work on most

other versions of UNIX and a MacOS X port also is in the works.

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