Novell is backing a developer project to release a Windows version of its open-source Evolution 2 groupware product
Evolution 2 which includes e-mail, a diary, and a contacts list, will compete against Microsoft’s Outlook product.
Evolution is already established in the Linux desktop market and Novell has just developed open-source software, called Evolution Connector, to link to Microsoft Exchange Server and allow collaboration between Windows and Linux desktops.
The next step is for Novell and Linux developers to get Evolution to reside on Windows desktops, to boost their enterprise software sales.
“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,” said Nat Friedman, Novell vice-president of the desktop technologies group.
“Technologies like the Exchange connector, which allow Linux desktops to operate inside a mixed proprietary/open-source environment make choosing a Linux desktop easier for IT administrators,” he said.