Ximian stirs an Evolution

Ximian last week released a groupware application that could be deployed on both Linux and Unix desktops.

Evolution 1.0 integrates e-mail, calendar, address book and "to-do" list applications into a single interface for Linux PCs or Unix workstations.

The client software is compatible with SMTP, POP and IMAP messaging protocols, and works with calendar programs such as Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes. It supports lightweight directory access protocol, iCalendar protocol, and vCard protocol for sharing directory information with other e-mail users.

The e-mail program supports HTTP text formatting and embedded images, has a built-in spell-check program, and offers encryption with secure sockets layer. The calendar and information management programs can be synchronized with Palm Pilot handheld devices.

Ximian Evolution is interoperable with Microsoft Exchange servers, allowing a Linux-based PC to act as a Microsoft Exchange server client. The software extends to Linux and Unix users all the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange, such as server-based e-mail and group calendar coordination.

Evolution is compatible with Linux distributions such as Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE, Debian and TurboLinux, as well as YellowDog Linux and LinuxPPC for the PowerPC processor. The software runs on Solaris and support for other Unix versions will follow. The software is available now for $50 on CD, or for free on Ximian's Web site. The Microsoft Exchange compatibility software will be available in January.

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