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IT Director.com: Linux Attacks Outlook Market

Dec 06, 2001, 15:19 (27 Talkback[s])
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"The IT world is split into two major camps, those who employ proprietary software tools, and Open Source fanatics. Clearly there are some realists who are psychologically equipped to assess any technology purely on its capabilities and fit with existing infrastructures without recourse to gut level opinion, but these individuals are few and far between. Until recently, for many organisations the choice of "office" systems has been a question of using Microsoft products, IBM products, or something wacky in the extreme. However, times are changing and distinctions are blurring.

The distinctions that are becoming obscured include not just the technical capabilities and target markets of open source software and proprietary systems, but also the concept of open source software being "free" of cost. Recently Caldera and other companies have started to introduce charging schemes for their open source software, or at least for selected components, and for ongoing support. Now Ximian, a paid up long time member of the open source community, has announced the release of software that has its own proprietary components.

Evolution 1.0 is an Outlook type tool that supports e-mail, contact list and calendar functionality and operates on Red hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian and TurboLinux platforms, but does not operate with Caldera's version of Linux. Ximian also state that Evolution operates with Sun's Solaris Unix platform."

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