Scalix 10 and the

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-02-14 Print this article Print

Year of the Calendar"> Scalix 10 includes ScalixConnect for Novells Evolution, an open-source e-mail and calendaring client that runs on a Linux desktop, and which has full interoperability with Microsoft Outlook, Farris said. The product also enhances Outlook support with digital signatures, an advanced rules wizard filter and, on the wireless side, a streamlined user interface, multitasking client and background synchronization.
Scalix 10 also brings cross-platform calendar interoperability, using iCal, giving users transparent exchange of meeting requests and responses between Scalix and e-mail systems such as Exchange, Notes/Domino and GroupWise.
"I believe 2006 is going to be the year of the calendar, because it has now moved into the collective consciousness as something that is very important. As a result, the fact that interoperability with calendaring systems is so poor is becoming more apparent. You should have the same type of interoperability with calendaring systems as you do with e-mail," Farris said. Scalixs AJAX-based (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) Webmail client has an enhanced user interface, an integrated address book, personal distribution lists and other functions that enable it to act as a primary e-mail client, with a user interface that closely resembles desktop clients like Outlook. "Many Scalix customers are in fact using SWA exclusively, foregoing the cost and complexity of deploying desktop e-mail clients altogether," she said. To read more about the open-source initiative to promote the adoption of AJAX technology, click here. Finn Schultz, the vice president of IT at Rezidor SAS (Radisson) Hospitality, based in Brussels, Belgium, is one such customer. "SWA provides all of the functionality that most people today are used to in a fat client e-mail environment, yet in a lean and well-designed Web user interface. Scalix lets us combine an easy-to-use user interface with an open back-end platform," he said. On the server side, Scalix 10 now supports the ability to host multiple Scalix domains on a single server, making it attractive to service providers looking to offer a hosted solution. It provides 64-bit support for Fedora Core, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux 10 operating systems, enabling the Scalix server to take advantage of the increased memory and CPU power enabled by these systems, Farris said. With regard to the companys open-source strategy, Farris said that while Scalix was based on a full, open-source stack and had a certification program for a range of mail-related open-source solutions that allows customers to deploy a full open-source environment, it is built on HPs OpenMail technology, which it licenses. As such, it is unable to open-source that code, she said, adding that in those areas where Scalix does new development, as with the Evolution connector, it is making this code open source. "We are talking to HP about this situation and our hope is that in the future we can change that limitation and make more of our code open source," she said. But Dan Kusnetzky, the executive vice president of marketing for Open-Xchange, based in Tarrytown, N.Y., told eWEEK that an increasing number of customers were looking for a fully open-source product and architecture that would allow them to choose and install the technologies they wanted going forward, not one that was based on proprietary technology. 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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