Novell has announced that Connector 1.4 for MS Exchange Server will be integrated into Evolution 2.0 and made available as open source, under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).
"Technologies such as the Connector, which allow Linux desktops to operate inside a mixed proprietary/open source environment, make choosing a Linux desktop easier for IT administrators," said Nat Friedman, vice-president of the desktop technologies group at Novell.
"With the release of the Connector source code, the entire Evolution product is now available under the GPL, and we're excited that customers are going to see the benefits in Novell's next Linux desktop as well as in future releases of SuSE Linux."
Evolution is described by Novell as its "award-winning e-mail and workgroup client for Linux systems and... the most widely used collaboration suite on Linux".
Evolution Connector allows Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003 users to manage their e-mail, calendars, group schedules, address books, public folders and tasks from Linux desktops.
"HP is committed to building on innovation to bring customers better value through open systems. Building on our recent announcement to bring Linux onto the desktop, HP today joins Novell to help make the Linux desktop experience more rich and manageable, " said Martin Fink, vice-president of Linux at HP.
"The open-source release of Novell's Connector for Exchange adds an important element to the open source desktop's interoperability with existing enterprise deployments," said Mitchell Baker, president of the Mozilla Foundation. "The Mozilla Foundation applauds Novell's decision to move this technology into the open-source world."
Written by LinuxWorld staff