Farewell MS Exchange, Hello Linux Open-Xchange
Feb 18, 2011, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"It is the cherished dream of many a server admin to be
liberated from babysitting Microsoft Exchange. One attractive
option is a nice stout Linux server running the open-source
Open-Xchange-- but what if your users revolt?
"Where oh where can we find refuge from Microsoft Exchange? One
option is Open-Xchange, a groupware suite that serves as a
replacement for Microsoft Exchange. From a licensing and cost
perspective, OX looks like a great deal--but that means nothing if
your users are going to revolt. So let's look at how OX stands up
from the user's perspective, and whether you can cut the ties or
not and still keep users happy.
"Now, it doesn't take much to convince Linux-friendly admins
that Exchange is expendable. But many admins are just as happy
using Mutt and IMAP rather than Exchange, and you're probably not
going to convice the account department that Mutt is a suitable
replacement for Outlook. (Sorry.) Last month I looked at the
admin's eye view of OX, but this time around I wanted to actually
spend some time with OX and see if it was end user friendly."