Linked by David Adams on Thu 28th Aug 2008 17:51 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Everyone knows that Microsoft Exchange is expensive - but ubiquitous " and plenty of open source projects and vendors have been trying a variety of technical approaches to replace it. While none is yet a drop-in replacement, a PC World article looks at ways that some administrators can get a cost advantage by switching.
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RE[5]: My answer is a no.
by lemur2 on Fri 29th Aug 2008 06:27 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: My answer is a no."
lemur2
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With Zimbra, you pay that price per user every year, so over 5 years, it is more expensive than Exchange in per user costs.


There are a number of solutions that on the very face of it appear to be more attractive than Zimbra.

Apart from those already mentioned, here is yet another possibility:
http://www.citadel.org/doku.php
"Citadel is here today and is actively maintained - it's neither vaporware nor abandonware.

Citadel is true open source (GPL) software. Unlike other groupware servers, it isn't a cut-down version of an expensive proprietary 'pro' version. We make our very best work available to everyone on the same terms."


No per user fees at all.

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/9357
"Microsoft Exchange, Meet Your Replacement

The time has come to consider moving that expensive, high-maintenance Windows system to a sleeker, more robust Linux system.

...

Although migrating users from applications such as Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org is generally an intuitive task, the 800-pound gorilla that's keeping you up at night is e-mail and groupware. How are you going to provide and manage Microsoft Outlook-like functionality to the masses? In a word, Citadel. "


Edited 2008-08-29 06:33 UTC

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