"A few years ago, small open source-based companies that dared
to challenge Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes in the corporate
email and collaboration server marketplace got 'David challenges
Goliath, isn't that special?' stories written about them. Now, open
source messaging and collaboration software providers are a normal
part of the IT business landscape. And, according to OpenXchange
Executive Vice President of Marketing Strategy Dan Kusnetzky, their
products' acceptance is increasing steadily--and not just among
hard-core GNU/Linux and open source devotees.
"Indeed, Kusnetzky recalls, when OpenXchange exhibited at the
2006 Boston LinuxWorld conference as part of the IBM mega-booth
there, the company only had 11 people stop by and talk to them. But
at the National Educational Computing Conference in July, 2006,
they had about 400 booth visitors, and at least 10% of them were
immediate sales prospects..."
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