An Auckland developer has come out with a “smart” mail server product for NetWare 5.0.
Joshua Gibbs, of Auckland-based Digital Integration, says i-Mail is a SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol for sending email) and POP3 (post office protocol for receiving email) server and router which allows users with dial-up Internet connections to collect email from a POP3 mailbox rather than having to go online to receive it. NetWare 5.0, the latest version of Novell’s network operating system, will ship on September 20.
Gibbs, a user of Novell’s groupware product GroupWise, originally developed i-Mail as a GroupWise mail collection utility. But when he was beta testing NetWare 5.0 he decided to turn the product into a full-fledged mail server.
i-Mail is a NetWare loadable module (NLM) which is certified for NetWare 5.0 and also runs on NetWare 3x and 4x.
It is aimed primarily at small to medium-sized businesses that don’t want or have dedicated Internet links.
Gibbs, who is an ECNE (enterprise certified NetWare engineer), MCSE (Microsoft certified engineer) and Micro-soft certified developer, says he chose to develop for the NetWare platform because he likes it as a network operating system and there are fewer competing products for NetWare. He says he is not interested in taking i-Mail to the Windows platform because there are already many such products available.
i-Mail costs $200 for 10 users, $350 for 50 users, $600 for an unlimited number and can be purchased over the Internet at www.di.co.nz. Prices exclude GST. Gibbs says although he has not advertised the product it already has several hundred users in eight countries.
Novell claims it has had a five-fold increase (5000 rising to 25,000) in the number of software developers writing to its APIs (application programming interface) in the past year. Gibbs agrees the company has shown “a lot of support” for developers recently. He is currently in San Francisco for the US launch of NetWare 5.0 and a Novell developers conference.