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Enterprise Linux Today: Messaging and Collaboration with Open Source Tools

Aug 03, 2000, 22:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

"Prior to the discovery of the year 2000 "bug" and the widespread adoption of the Internet, e-mail took a much different form than what we take for granted today. I like to think of two e-mail models for the enterprise consisting of a closed offline, or legacy system, and an on-line or open model with flexibility to run in a disconnected mode...."

"Unfortunately, behind much of the mail we think of as Internet compliant, lies an offline, proprietary system limiting productivity. That off-line system does not encourage interoperability in the areas of messaging and collaboration many hold so dear. The offline model discourages interoperability and collaboration within organizations large and small...."

"If you want to articulate the difference between Open Source and proprietary models of development, using the enterprise messaging and collaboration space does wonders. You can literally see the differences in RFC compliant systems and proprietary ones. The perfect examples include Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes."

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