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PR: Novell Announces Evolution 2.0, Release of Connector for MS Exchange Under Open Source License

May 11, 2004, 15:30 (31 Talkback[s])

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Novell today announced its Connector for Microsoft Exchange Server will be integrated into Evolution 2.0 and made available as open source, beginning today with the current Connector 1.4. Evolution is Novell's award-winning e-mail and workgroup client for Linux systems and is the most widely used collaboration suite on Linux. Evolution Connector allows Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003 users to easily manage their e-mail, calendars, group schedules, address books, public folders and tasks from Linux desktops.

"As companies deploy Linux on the desktop, they must ensure that users of either Windows or Linux can collaborate with each other using existing back-end systems and familiar processes," said Nat Friedman, vice president of the desktop technologies group at Novell. "Technologies like the Connector which allow Linux desktops to operate inside a mixed proprietary/open source environment make choosing a Linux desktop easier for IT administrators. With the release of the Connector source code, the entire Evolution product is now available under the GNU General Public License, and we're excited that customers are going to see the benefits in Novell's next Linux desktop as well as in future releases of SUSE LINUX." Novell Evolution 2.0 includes a number of new features aimed at improving user productivity and collaboration, such as built-in spam filtering, S/MIME and PGP security certificate management, and tight integration with the Linux desktop and Gaim instant messaging client. Evolution supports key data exchange and communications standards, such as IMAP, POP, SMTP, LDAP and iCalendar, and features vFolders, threaded e-mail view, in-line text editing and synchronization with Palm and PocketPC handheld devices.

In addition to support for Microsoft Exchange, Evolution 2.0 features integrated support for the newly available Novell GroupWise 6.5 for Linux, giving users the ability to use Evolution to access their GroupWise mail, calendars, contacts and global address books. Other features new to Evolution 2.0 include improved offline support for IMAP accounts, calendar improvements and enhanced contact management. These enhancements complement current Evolution collaboration capabilities including the Connector for Novell's SUSE LINUX Openexchange Server.

"HP is committed to building on innovation to bring customers better value through open systems," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux, HP. "Building on our recent announcement to bring Linux onto the desktop, HP today joins Novell to help make the Linux desktop experience more rich and manageable."

Mitchell Baker, president of the Mozilla Foundation, said, "The open source release of Novell's Connector for Exchange adds an important element to the open source desktop's interoperability with existing enterprise deployments. The Mozilla Foundation applauds Novell's decision to move this technology into the open source world."

Novell Evolution 2.0 will be available in the third quarter as part of Novell's Linux desktop. For more information about Evolution, visit http://www.novell.com/products/evolution. The Evolution Connector for Microsoft Exchange Server source code can be found at http://ftp.ximian.com, and developer information about Evolution can be found at http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution. The Connector code is now available to the public along with the rest of Evolution under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Beginning May 14, current Evolution users will be able to download Connector for Microsoft Exchange Server for no charge at http://www.novell.com/products/connector/download.html.

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