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LinuxWorld.com: Volution shows promise

Jan 16, 2002, 13:08 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Caldera's Volution Messaging Server 1.0 allows system administrators to support different e-mail and collaboration clients, including Microsoft Outlook, on a Linux server. This avoids the use of a Windows 2000 or NT server, and buying licenses for Exchange. I tested Volution to see if it lived up to its promises in ease of administration, and, unfortunately, found it lacking in one key area.

According to the Volution Messaging Server documentation, OpenUnix 8 or OpenLinux 3.1 was required for the installation. Real Linux users know this is complete marketing smoke, but hey, I can't blame Caldera for trying. If the software will install on Caldera, it most likely will, without much effort, install on Red Hat, SuSE, and Mandrake as well. (A spokesperson says Caldera has not tested or certified it on other versions of Linux.) To stick to the stated requirements, however, I installed Volution on a Caldera machine.

I hadn't installed a Caldera distribution of Linux in years. In fact, now that I think back on it, the last time I installed a Caldera distro the company was flaunting its work with Red Hat, and the desktop was Spyglass. In the meantime, I had read of Caldera's new-fangled installation tool named LIZARD."

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