[plug] Groupware on Linux: state of play

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Fri Mar 6 16:06:51 WST 2009

Tim Bowden <tim.bowden at westnet.com.au> writes:
> On Fri, 2009-03-06 at 14:43 +0900, Tim Bowden wrote:
>> As far as features are concerned, I'm looking for compatibility with
>> outlook for mail and calendering features.  All else is candy really as
>> that's what end users mostly know about.
> Sorry, not true.  Also looking for webmail (though I guess that could be
> separate if need be) and a decent intuitive web admin for an 'unskilled'
> user to add mail accounts and other basic admin tasks.

I missed that on the first pass.  Your choices are limited by that to
commercial solutions only.

The one other option you might want to consider, but which I do not
recommend, is Scalix, derived from HP OpenMail, which in turn was the
original MAPI mail server.[1]

Nothing, and I mean nothing, has better Outlook integration than
Scalix.  OTOH, you have the features and functionality of Exchange 5.5,
including the painful web interface, and you can't get anything more.

Oh, and if you want mobile device sync then, I strongly advise, commit
ritual suicide rather than try to deploy anything that uses NotifyLink
to serve as a conduit between the Groupware system and the device.

It hurts less.


[1]  Microsoft wrote Exchange to have their own MAPI compliant server,
     in large part to move customers off Unix and OpenMail and to
     all-Windows on the server side.

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