Netline Internet Service announced that the free, GPL version of its Open-Xchange Server, a core technology underlying the industry's top-selling Linux-based groupware, collaboration and messaging application ,is now available for download. Open-Xchange Server, the engine behind Novell's SUSE LINUX Openexchange Server (NOVL), is a modular, standards-based communications tool that provides businesses with flexible groupware functions including e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and real-time document storage.

The open source version of Open-Xchange features most of the attributes of the commercial product -- running on the major Linux operating systems (Novell's SUSE LINUX, Red Hat, Red Flag, Debian) -- but without support and maintenance, third-party applications and connectors.

Open-Xchange is a collaboration platform that integrates open source and proprietary servers and clients. Accessible through a common Web browser, Open-Xchange allows users to share e-mail, calendar, tasks, threaded discussions and documents originating from both proprietary and open source systems. For customers who need seamless integration with a Windows client, commercially available connectors will be released later in 2004.

Because the Web-based interface of Open-Xchange runs on all major browsers, employees can use its services regardless of the client operating system. They can access the entire functionality of Open-Xchange with any computer connected to the Internet and any common platform, including Windows, Linux, Unix, MacOS and PalmOS. The interface also enables the exchange of data sets from project management, ERP and CRM applications with Open-Xchange automatically integrating key project deadlines and tasks into appointment and task management tools, thus removing the need to maintain multiple calendars.


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