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NewsForge: The End Days of Ximian?

May 26, 2004, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"When Novell made its surprise announcement last week that Ximian Connector was being released under the free software GPL license, I began to wonder if it marked the end of the Ximian era. Connector, after all, was the centerpiece of the Ximian strategy to make inroads into the corporate desktop market by providing full compatibility with the widely used Microsoft Exchange mail server. The answer? Novell giveth and Novell taketh away.

"Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedmann founded the firm as Helix Code in October of 1999. I've always taken a personal interest in following the company because I had run into Nat and Miguel at the Computer Museum in San Jose during LinuxWorld just a couple of months earlier, probably interrupting a brainstorming session as the two hatched their plans..."

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