Community Preview of Scalix 11 Makes Its Debut

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-08-14 Print this article Print

The next version of the Linux e-mail, calendaring and messaging platform will allow deep integration with legacy environments.

Scalix has released a community preview of Scalix 11, the next version of its Linux e-mail, calendaring and messaging platform, which is due to ship in November. This latest version will bring further ease of administration and allow deep integration with legacy environments, CEO Glenn Winokur said Aug. 14, adding that new features include a Web services platform and mobile client, enhanced management capabilities, and ongoing improvements to the Web client and Outlook support. The community preview of Scalix 11 can be downloaded here.
"Scalix 11 has been designed to addresses the unique Linux e-mail needs of both IT professionals, who get Outlook level functionality without Exchange costs or Microsoft license lock-in, and end users, who will see Outlook functionality with advanced collaboration and improved Web and mobile access," Winokur said, in San Mateo, Calif.
Scalix 11 also forms the foundation of the companys recently announced open-source strategy to support integration with other companies and projects, he said. Scalix says it plans to contribute parts of the source code for its messaging infrastructure platform to the open-source community. Click here to read more. On the competitive front, Winokur said Scalix 11, as a Linux solution, enables vendor choice, better administration and broader client selection while maintaining "the best Outlook support in the market today." Scalix 11 features its own migration tool, which lets customers migrate data from Exchange 5.5, Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003, as well as from other legacy systems, while an improved administration console provides a single point of management for remote servers, and management plug-ins allow custom scripts and extensions to be written for administrators, he said. Click here to read about this applications predecessor, Scalix 10. The Web access client brings a new server-side search capability, with a simple Google-style user interface that lets users find information across mailboxes, including full-text body and attachment search. Full folder sharing for all data types, including e-mail, calendar and contacts, has been added for delegated access, he said. Scalix 11 also provides certified support for plug-ins for Google Desktop, MSN Search, McAfee VirusScan, Symantec Norton Utilities and Captaris RightFax Outlook Extension, Winokur said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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