[Dclug] Recommendations for Exchange replacement
rsw22 at cornell.edu
Fri Jan 26 03:15:43 EST 2007
I've never bought or used it, but the product that consistently catches my
eye is Xandros Server
(http://www.xandros.com/products/business/scalix.html). I loved their
desktop3; desktop4 seems to be a bit of a disappointment. But what
they're doing in the server realm seems to make sense - sell a Linux
product that integrates well with existing Windows system, including
Active Directory. They also integrated Scalix, a would-be Exchange
product that respects standards like IMAP and so allows you to connect
with any client you'd like. From reading the forum Xandros' software
deals with the difficult Active Directory synchronization stuff pretty
well (though not always perfectly). I'd read their forum before
committing your money. Looks like Scalix does the calendar, appointment,
addressbook, and mail stuff small businesses use Exchange for.
Anyway, like I say, I've never bought or used it, but when I hate my job I
daydream about opening a little business, and personally I haven't seen
anything that has interested me more than Xandros Server.
The downside is, you pay for it - like $500. If you're looking for
something free, I'd probably go with Debian (for stability and
reliability) or OpenSUSE (for ease of setup). But I don't think the
Active Directory stuff is going to be easy.
On Thu, 25 Jan 2007 22:58:39 -0500, Chris Bateson <elitegoodguy at gmail.com>
> I'm going to be setting up a Linux mailserver to replace an exchange
> that we have. Currently we have a Win 2003 Network. What do I need to
> into to allow my clients to access email through outlook with contacts.
> Also how would I go about getting usernames/passwords to sync up with
> I know I will need a postfix mailserver, with the courier IMAP server
> as well as an OpenLDAP server for the contacts/company directory. Sorry
> the newbie questions, this is the biggest thing that I have done with
> Any good tutorials on setting it up like this?
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