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Linux Journal: The OpenMail Showdown: Is Bruce Perens Just a Pretty Face?

Mar 04, 2001, 13:51 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"Who has more juice at Hewlett-Packard? Bruce Perens or the Microsoft quislings? It's time to find out. HP just discontinued its proprietary mail and calendaring server, OpenMail, which was the only non-Microsoft server compatible with Microsoft Outlook's popular calendar features."

"Jeremy Allison, a lead Samba developer and the strangely cool-headed man in the middle between free software and proprietary protocols, is concerned. "Once Microsoft Exchange is within an organization, Microsoft domain controller services are not far behind," he wrote in an open letter to free software developers and journalists today. "I've seen Microsoft Exchange in action as a wedge to drive Microsoft products too often to lie down and let OpenMail die."

"Since HP won't support OpenMail as a proprietary product any more, the responsible thing to do for their customers would be to release it under a free license, to allow someone else to support those customers if HP won't. And this is the only sane course for HP too. Can you imagine an HP sales person trying to sell another software package, right after HP stranded the OpenMail customers? "Honestly, we won't cancel this one right after you invest lots of time in implementation and training. You've got to believe us!" Right, sure. No sale."

"And OpenMail could help the so-far slow advance of Linux on the desktop, Jeremy says."

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