OT: Linux Exchange Server

Julian Field mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Mon Dec 15 09:14:00 GMT 2003

Once this conversation has quietened down, it would be very handy if
someone could turn the good bits into an entry in the FAQ. It's a question
that I get asked about quite a lot, but know nearly nothing about.

At 01:01 15/12/2003, you wrote:
>On Sun, 14 Dec 2003, Corey S. McFadden wrote:
> > Sorry for the OT post, but I wanted to solicit some informed opinions and
> > couldn't think of a better group...
> >
> > I was wondering what experiences anyone has had with some of the 3rd-party
> > MS Exchange Server simulators for Linux.  We evaluated a couple of
> > solutions about a year ago without going very far with it, but are going to
> > be revisiting the subject for a new client.  (Have you seen Exchange Server
> > 2003 CAL costs?!)  In the past, OpenExchange looked very attractive, but we
> > don't have any practical experience with it.
> >
> > Anyhow, if anyone can offer any personal experience with OpenExchange or
> > any of the other products (off-list if you like) I would appreciate it!
> >
> > -Corey
> >
> >
>There are a few products that do this. At the heart of it all is the
>cyrus imap server as it does access control lists which can be used to
>create shared folders per user. Each vendor complements the cyrus server
>with other software such as squirrelmail with enhancements, smartsieve,
>phpical, postnuke/phpnuke/metadot etc.. etc..
>Most of the server side stuff is all open source except for a resource
>management software, which is when you schedule meetings with resources
>such as boardrooms and they automatically accept or decline.
>The biggest difference between vendors is really the client code which is
>a plugin which you install for use with outlook. I have tried the bynari
>plugin and it seems to be the most advanced and everything does seem to
>work properly. I do not beleive that SuSE has their own outlook connector
>plugin and you have to additionally use the Ximian plugin. I could be
>wrong. The Bynari server does not come budled with very many features but
>it is quite easy to add any other components. I have installed a bynari
>server for a customer and installed MailScanner onto it and it works
>perfectly fine. They also actually promote MailScanner on their site.

Julian Field
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