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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by poundsmack on Thu 28th Aug 2008 18:18 UTC
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whole only 1 of these 3 are open source there are extrememly cheap alternatives:

Mdaemon: Version 10 is great and affordable and every easy to use and full featured.

MailEnable Standard Edition: Free and very feature packed, version 3.5 is great. there are also paid versions with more features.

Last and cetainly not least hMailServer: Version 5 (now in beter) absolutly rocks and this IS Open Source.

all of these are capable to rivaling exchange, and 1 is open source and runs multi platform. There are options out there. you jsut have ot know where to look. as far as TRUE OSS goes nothing Zimbra would be the closest for me. the newer version 5 releases are much less memory hogs (still an issue though) and are fairly easy to set up and configure. the new desktop client is also sha[ing up nicely.

in other fun news Cisco just bought PostPath (an exchange alternative for linux). more details here:

Edited 2008-08-28 18:27 UTC

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RE: alternatives
by The Baron on Thu 28th Aug 2008 18:48 in reply to "alternatives"
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Another good (although not open source) alternative is Kerio MailServer. It's cross platform and it doesn't matter what mail client you want to use.

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RE[2]: alternatives
by poundsmack on Fri 29th Aug 2008 00:41 in reply to "RE: alternatives"
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actualy thats a really good point out. I forgot abotu that (which is interesteing since i used it for 3 years) but ya is great.

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RE: alternatives
by REM2000 on Fri 29th Aug 2008 10:03 in reply to "alternatives"
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another vote for MDaemon

Incredibly quick, very lean on memory and processor (i.e. practically any computer will work as a quick server). Very stable with lots of functionaility.

I know it costs money but it really is a good system.

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