dahopkins at comcast.net dahopkins at comcast.net
Tue Apr 6 17:32:43 UTC 2004

I will second the vote for SUSE OpenExchange if you are looking at a commercial product.  A non-profit I work with is now using this and it has some nice features.  SUSE also has a school server product that you should look at as well for an out-of-box solution.  Not an ad, but 

SUSE is looking to turn this into an OSS product which could be promising.
You can still use K12LTSP for all the work-horse systems with vendor support for the 'critical' systems and validate against the school server product.

eGroupware and Group Office are also nice OSS solutions that might work for kids accounts (OpenExchange has a rate of like $10.00 per user/year or some such).

The powers-that-be might buy into this approach since it has a company behind it.

Dave Hopkins
> This is what happens when administrators get "big grants."  If they 
> don't have to pony up themselves, then they don't care what they spend, 
> be it for support or for the actual item!
> Don't give up, though; I haven't, and my shop's likely worse than 
> yours.  If you're looking at OpenGroupware.org, then you might consider 
> looking at SuSE Openexchange Server.  I'm sure that, given their support 
> of educational institutions, they'd be willing to at least shoot you an 
> eval copy to try out.  Since you're considering Novell eDirectory, and 
> Novell owns SuSE, this might be a good match.
> --TP
> Brian Chase wrote:
> > Give it up, your manager sounds committed in the Microsoft direction.
> >
> > Shawn Iverson wrote:
> >
> >> On Friday, April 02, 2004 8:46 AM Justin Paulsen wrote:
> >>
> >>> In place of AD you might want to look at Novell's eDirectory.  It runs
> >>> on Linux.  As for the mail server try using a directory driven one like

> >>> Novell's Groupwise, OpenGroupware.org (pain to setup last I tried),
> >>> Oracle Colaboration Suite, Sun's mail server (wouldn't recommend this
> >>> one), Sendmail, etc.  Then use a client that will interface with it 
> >>> like
> >>> Evolution, OpenGroupware.org has a web interface, Novell has both a
> >>> client and a web interface, sendmail has a web interface, sun has a web
> >>> interface (again wouldn't recommend this one), etc. and they can all 
> >>> run
> >>> on Linux. :)
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> eDirectory may be my only chance at grabbing the corporate "steering 
> >> wheel."
> >> I think I will attempt to campaign in favor of it.  My basic 
> >> understanding
> >> is that eDirectory is not operating system specific.  I spoke with my 
> >> boss,
> >> and he has said that since he received a large grant, he wants to 
> >> proceed to
> >> an AD domain.
> >>
> >> Btw, has anyone tried egroupware?  Is it a promising alternative to
> >> Exchange? I am not impressed with OGO because of the proprietary 
> >> connectors

> >> needed.  I don't necessarily need a client-side app. running the show.
> >>
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