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Brief: Red Hat adds module to ease use of Microsoft Exchange with Linux

The open-source Connector for Exchange is being added to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS

By Todd R. Weiss
July 23, 2004 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. has included the open-source Connector for Exchange in its latest quarterly beta update of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system.
Deb Woods, vice president of product management for the Raleigh, N.C.-based company, said the beta version, released two days ago, now includes the Evolution Connector for Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003 open-source code from Novell Inc. and its Ximian division. The connector was formerly called Ximian Connector before Ximian was acquired by Novell.
"Customers are looking for connectors to Exchange to help with their Exchange servers," Woods said. Before building the connector into the operating system in the new beta, customers had to "roll their own" connector by taking the Ximian product or going through the open-source community and integrating it themselves, she said.
"This helps cut out that step and builds it in," she said.
The release version of the third quarterly update of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is scheduled to go out by the end of August with the new connector included, she said.

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