Novell Surrounds Microsoft Exchange 2003 on Linux and Solaris

Support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 via its Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange allows Linux and Sun Solaris clients the same rights, privileges, and controls when attached to Exchange as a Window

Novell announced support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 via its Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange, allowing Linux and Sun Solaris clients the same rights, privileges, and controls when attached to Exchange as a Windows e-mail client.

With it, Linux desktop users can manage their e-mail, calendars, group schedules, address books, public folders, and tasks in Exchange. Ximian is the company that Novell bought in August; Ximian has worked on the Gnome desktop GUI for Linux and the acquisition underlined a strategic switch to Linux for Novell.

At the time Novell made a huge commitment to Linux, shifting all of its leading revenue earners (such as Groupwise and eDirectory) onto Linux. The company is making a strategy of surrounding Windows environments with Linux-based options.

In September, Ximian promised the commercial release of its Mono technology, which will run Microsoft .Net applications on Linux, by the end of the year.

Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange works in conjunction with Ximian Evolution, a personal and workgroup information management product including an e-mail client, for Linux and Unix systems.

Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange is now available for $69 per user from Novell Authorized Resellers and from the Ximian Web store at https://store.ximian.com.

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