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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-12-09 Print this article Print

Netline, which is evaluating moving its headquarters from Olpe, Germany, to Boston sometime in the next two years, will be establishing a local subsidiary housing its alliance management, sales and marketing teams in Boston in the next few months. At the annual LinuxWorld conference and expo in San Francisco this August, Netline announced that it was open-sourcing Open-Xchange Server under the GNU General Public License.
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The open-source version of Open-Xchange is available for free download here and features most of the attributes of the commercial product. It runs on the most widely used Linux operating systems—Novells SuSE Linux, Red Hat, Red Flag and Debian—but does not include support and maintenance, third-party applications, or any connectors. Netline released the Open-Xchange code at the end of August, and Hoberg said there has been more than 50,000 downloads of the code and some 1,500 developers and testers signing up to support the project. Netlines business strategy is to have an open-source unsupported product and a commercial, supported and maintained version, and Hoberg said he expects to release the commercial Open-Xchange Server product in March 2005. While the core code will be the same for both versions, Hoberg said Netline will add some administrative front ends to make the product easy for administrators to install and manage. "We are also going to provide a guarantee that we will maintain this version for five years, including upgrades, patches and a future-looking product road map," he said. Customers will also get a subscription service, renewed annually, and will be able to use Netlines Outlook and Palm connectors for free. Hoberg declined to give specific pricing for the product, but said the goal is to have it cost at least 50 percent less than the Microsoft Exchange solution. Netline is also free to pursue similar deals with other vendors and is actively discussing this with interested companies in Asia, South America and the United States, Hoberg 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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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