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Farewell MS Exchange, Hello Linux Open-Xchange

Feb 18, 2011, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"It is the cherished dream of many a server admin to be liberated from babysitting Microsoft Exchange. One attractive option is a nice stout Linux server running the open-source Open-Xchange-- but what if your users revolt?

"Where oh where can we find refuge from Microsoft Exchange? One option is Open-Xchange, a groupware suite that serves as a replacement for Microsoft Exchange. From a licensing and cost perspective, OX looks like a great deal--but that means nothing if your users are going to revolt. So let's look at how OX stands up from the user's perspective, and whether you can cut the ties or not and still keep users happy.

"Now, it doesn't take much to convince Linux-friendly admins that Exchange is expendable. But many admins are just as happy using Mutt and IMAP rather than Exchange, and you're probably not going to convice the account department that Mutt is a suitable replacement for Outlook. (Sorry.) Last month I looked at the admin's eye view of OX, but this time around I wanted to actually spend some time with OX and see if it was end user friendly."

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