Novell Inc. has announced that its Connector for Microsoft Exchange Server will be integrated into Evolution 2.0, and made available as Open Source.
Evolution is Novell's e-mail and workgroup client for Linux, and is the most widely used collaboration suite on Linux.
Evolution Connector aims to allow Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003 users to easily manage their e-mail, calendars, group schedules, address books, public folders and tasks from Linux desktops.
"As companies deploy Linux on the desktop, they must ensure that users of either Windows or Linux can collaborate with each other, using existing back-end systems and familiar processes," says Allison Singh, systems engineering manager at Novell SA.
"Technologies like the Connector, which allows Linux desktops to operate inside a mixed proprietary/Open Source environment, make choosing a Linux desktop easier for ICT administrators.
With the release of the Connector source code, the entire Evolution product is now available under the GNU General Public Licence, and we are excited that customers are going to see the benefits in Novell's next Linux desktop, as well as in future releases of SuSE Linux."
Novell Evolution 2.0 is said to include a number of new features, aimed at improving user productivity and collaboration, such as built-in spam filtering, S/MIME and PGP security certificate management, and tight integration with the Linux desktop and Gaim instant messaging client.
Evolution is designed to support key data exchange and communications standards, such as IMAP, POP, SMTP, LDAP and iCalendar, and features vFolders, threaded e-mail view, in-line text editing and synchronization with Palm and PocketPC handheld devices.
In addition to support for Microsoft Exchange, Evolution 2.0 is said to feature integrated support for the newly available Novell GroupWise 6.5 for Linux, aiming to give users the ability to use Evolution to access their GroupWise mail, calendars, contacts and global address books.
Other features new to Evolution 2.0 are said to include improved offline support for IMAP accounts, calendar improvements and enhanced contact management.
These enhancements aim to complement current Evolution collaboration capabilities, including the Connector for Novell's SuSE Linux Openexchange Server.