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Sun and Ximian strengthen groupware link

A connector from Sun Microsystems will enable tighter integration with Evolution, a Ximian open-source groupware product for PCs running Linux and Unix, and Sun One messaging and collaboration servers.

The suppliers expect the integration will make Evolution another viable groupware client for the Sun Open Net Environment (One) platform, including its messaging, calendar and directory servers. Evolution combines e-mail, address book, to-do list and calendaring management.

Sun One Connector for Ximian Evolution will be available in mid-2003 from Sun as part of the Sun One Calendar Server as well as from Ximian.

Software already exists to link Evolution with Microsoft Exchange messaging and collaboration server platform. Likewise, data on Sun One servers can be synchronised with Microsoft and PalmSource software.

"Previously there was only a subset of [Sun One] functionality that was available with Evolution," said Ximian vice president of marketing Jon Perr.

The latest software extends the links between Evolution and the Sun One Calendar and Messaging servers so that true group calendaring and collaboration is enabled and Evolution becomes a full groupware client of Sun One, able to support a variety of advanced collaboration features, such as access to shared address books, group calendaring and centralized mail storage, he said.

The tighter links between Evolution and the Sun One Calendar and Messaging servers also lets users access the other Sun One components, such as the Portal, Integration and Application servers, said Patrick Dorsey, Sun's group manager for Sun One communication products.

Evolution supports a variety of Unix and Linux versions, as well as data exchange and communications standards such as Internet Message Access Protocol, Post Office Protocol, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.

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