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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Citadel
by friday on Fri 29th Aug 2008 12:21 UTC
friday
Member since:
2008-07-08

I've just deployed a citadel box to a client who needed a fast email server, but utilized a CRM tool that had a built in pop3 client. Anyone else not using the CRM tool would just use Outlook or Outlook Express.

But, in the future, I will probably switch to Zimbra, providing the hardware purchased is quite large. Why Zimbra? Because of the desktop client.

To really create an exchange killer, you're going to need a server like citadel or zimbra, and a very good desktop client.

Many will say that you still need to support Outlook. I say this is rubbish. I've seen it with several clients who were forced to use built in pop3/imap clients in a CRM tool. The switch from Outlook went well. It can be done, users can be trained.

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RE: Citadel
by Soulbender on Fri 29th Aug 2008 14:40 in reply to "Citadel"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You know, I was going to reply saying how unimpressive the Desktop client is but then I decided to check out the latest version and ...
lo and behold, it's pretty good. It has improved immensely since I tried it last around 6 months ago.
It still lacks some features we'd like to use though, such as local folders.

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RE: Citadel
by Cymro on Fri 29th Aug 2008 17:37 in reply to "Citadel"
Cymro Member since:
2005-07-07

Many will say that you still need to support Outlook. I say this is rubbish. I've seen it with several clients who were forced to use built in pop3/imap clients in a CRM tool. The switch from Outlook went well. It can be done, users can be trained.


IMAP + WebDAV + LDAP + web services in Entourage scares our IT team witless. The amount of work needed for a small number of clients poisons any idea of moving more users off Outlook.

I would like to see Evolution or KMail with the OpenChange connector (let's hope it's good) running natively on Windows & Mac. For IT to even entertain the idea, there needs to be a drop-in replacement for Outlook - even Outlook 2001 for Mac would have made a better argument than Entourage, Thunderbird or Mail.app.

Hopefully the GTK+ and QT4/KDE porting efforts will deliver something better than we have now. I'd hope it would encourage Linux adoption too.

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RE[2]: Citadel
by lemur2 on Sat 30th Aug 2008 11:27 in reply to "RE: Citadel"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I would like to see Evolution or KMail with the OpenChange connector (let's hope it's good) running natively on Windows & Mac. For IT to even entertain the idea, there needs to be a drop-in replacement for Outlook - even Outlook 2001 for Mac would have made a better argument than Entourage, Thunderbird or Mail.app.

Hopefully the GTK+ and QT4/KDE porting efforts will deliver something better than we have now. I'd hope it would encourage Linux adoption too.


Client side:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kontact

http://www.kontact.org/

(Windows clients can use Outlook).

Groupware servers:
http://www.kontact.org/groupwareservers.php

http://www.kolab.org/

http://www.citadel.org/doku.php

http://www.egroupware.org/

Lots of FOSS solutions out there, for both the groupware server and the clients.

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