For years, pundits have proclaimed that the Linux Desktop is coming, and yet
it was still lacking in some of the critical collaboration apps that
enterprises rely on.
Some have argued that without key collaboration
applications that can interface with Microsoft’s Exchange, enterprises won’t
That’s going to change this year.
Collaboration applications, old and new, are coming to Linux desktops and
servers en masse.
Among the vendors lining up to the
Linux and open source trough are IBM, Zimbra, Scalix and OpenXchange. The
offerings may well also help to dissuade some from using proprietary
alternatives, such as Microsoft’s Exchange.
Zimbra is announcing version 4.0 of its collaboration suite (ZCS), which
includes e-mail, calendar and content-sharing features.
ZCS 4.0 is actually going to be what Zimbra had originally
begun as ZCS 3.2, which is currently in beta 2, but has decided to renumber
the development due to the number of enhancements in the product.
those enhancements is Zimbra’s implementation of the ALE –- Ajax Linking and Embedding specification that it pioneered.
ALE is to AJAX what OLE Scalix Web Access Mobile provides users with mailbox access via The new version also includes enhanced management The SpikeSource offering aims to provide users with IBM is now following up that initiative by making Lotus Sametime 7.5 available on Linux. “The truth is that 7 to 9 million Linux desktops will “Application
(Object Linking and Embedding)
With the Zimbra Documents feature in ZCS 4.0 users can take advantage of ALE
to embed, share, edit and publish content inside of a browser interface.
ZCS 4.0 will also include Zimbra Mobile, which will provide over-the-air
synchronization for various mobile devices, including those from Symbian,
Palm, Windows Mobile, Nokia, Motorola and Samsung.
Scalix is also announcing Scalix version 11, the new version of its collaboration platform. As with ZCS 4.0, the solution now includes a mobile
their PDAs or cell phones.
capabilities and improvements to Scalix’s support for Microsoft Outlook.
Scalix roots lie in HP’s OpenMail source code, which Scalix owns.
an easier approach to integration and support.
And then there’s IBM.
In July, Big Blue announced that after years of customer requests, it was finally
going to provide Lotus Notes for the Linux desktop.
The company will not be rolling out support for Sametime on the Linux desktop and on Linux servers at the same time, though. The desktop client is expected later this summer, and the server is expected in early 2007.
Ultimately the growth in application availability on Linux is about market
opportunity. It’s an opportunity that IBM’s Scott Handy, vice president of worldwide Linux and Open Source at IBM, sees as growing significantly.
“The desktop market is just so big in terms of volume that it takes a lot
of units to show up on a market share report,” Handy told
go in this year, and only 6 million Linux servers. There is a lot of
activity; it just shows up as a small percentage.
“We think we’re very close to a tipping point,” Handy added.
availability is a big piece of this, and the fact that customers are
requesting it certainly tells me that we’re right on the edge of the
volume going up significantly.”
Scalix Web Access Mobile provides users with mailbox access via
The new version also includes enhanced management
The SpikeSource offering aims to provide users with
IBM is now following up that initiative by making Lotus Sametime 7.5 available on Linux.
“The truth is that 7 to 9 million Linux desktops will