July 04, 2002, 12:00 AM — 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
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
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.