"Internode has just moved its staff email environment
from an Open Source based IMAP service to Microsoft Exchange 2007.
"For an organisation with a long history of preference for Open
Source/Unix based systems, and something less than unconditional
love for Microsoft, its an interesting decision.
"I've decided to explain why we have done this
"Internode is very much a cross-platform organisation. We have
significant populations of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems on
staff desktops. And so any solution that provides company wide
integrated mail, calendar and contacts has to cross all those
operating system boundaries without significant compromise in any
"We've been trying to get a working, open source based, cross
platform calendaring system happening at Internode for years and
"And we've never managed it.
"There's always something that doesn't work right, or a need to
run a plethora of 'conduit' tools between multiple calendar
systems. Somehow, no matter how hard you try, that seems to turn
into a dogs breakfast, and involves some horrid compromises on at