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LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Is Ximian Practicing Appeasement or Practicality?

Dec 03, 2001, 19:38 (35 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)
"This isn't the first time Microsoft has faced a challenge to its Exchange/Outlook combination. Bynari's TradeServer is designed to replace Exchange outright, attacking the server side of the equation and allowing Microsoft clients in an organization to remain in place. Ximian is going after the client, acknowledging that organizations will have investments in Microsoft server software they'll be unwilling to write off.

Without making comment on the health of Linux on the desktop, perhaps the most well-gnawed subject of 2001 and possibly the most bone-headed litmus test of one's "true believer" status concocted since it was fashionable to check suspected witches for buoyancy, this is a good announcement for a lot of organizations that have not decided to make the move to Linux for productivity apps but maintain a sizable cadre of Linux-using engineers, admins, and developers (think Google) who get their work done with Linux.

This will be a nettlesome issue to the element of Linux supporters who want nothing to do with Microsoft at all. This same element is hostile to attempts to work with Microsoft's .NET, thought Evolution itself was a bad idea to begin with if only because it looks an awful lot like Outlook (which implies tacit acknowledgment that there's something to like about a Microsoft product), and generally frames interactions between the world of Linux and the world of Microsoft as a zero-sum game."

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