Executive Summary

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-12-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: Evolution 1.2 with Exchange Connector"> Executive Summary: Evolution 1.2 with Exchange Connector

Usability Good
Capability Excellent
Performance Fair
Interoperability Excellent
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
With Evolution 1.2, companies running Exchange can put Linux or Solaris on the desktop without worrying about how users will reach their mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and other key data, such as that stored in public calendars, folders and global address lists.

COST ANALYSIS

Evolution 1.2 is an open-source product and freely available from Ximian, among other places. The Connector software needed to enable access to Exchange is not: Ximian prices the Connector software reasonably, however, starting at $69 per seat.

(+) Fast searches and good filters; vFolder and filters saved as XML; improvements in stability and interface.

(-) No support for Exchange Journal and Notes functions; occasional hang-ups with Exchange connection; some configuration tasks are obscure.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
  • We know of no comparable products for bringing Exchange access to Linux.
  • www.ximian.com



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    As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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