Outlook and Linux
c.peterman at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 03:53:34 UTC 2005
I believe the replacement to Outlook is Evolution. Just mention that it
is produced by Novell and it should sway them ;P
On Mon, 2005-10-31 at 22:07 -0500, Eric S. Johansson wrote:
> this may be another one of those for want of a ... a Linux sale was lost
> cases. The only reason I bring them here is to try and make the
> fundamental problems in the real world visible and work out what are
> reasonable solutions.
> I was asked in this by a client today. How do you share Outlook
> calendar and contacts using a Linux system as the core? Simple
> filesharing doesn't work because Microsoft screwed the pooch with the
> resource locking.
> I know about bynari and a couple of other players but they are all
> rather expensive (quantity 100: $90-$150 which is a significant chunk of
> change) and want to own the customer from client all the way through to
> mail server with all of the solutions for antispam, virus etc. coming
> from them.
> Answers like "don't use Outlook" are not really helpful. They are
> married to it and they are on Windows desktop for the foreseeable
> future. On the other hand, if there was an equivalent client with
> exactly the same functionality in terms of e-mail, calendars, and
> contact sharing, they may be open to that kind of change.
> So, how does one solve this problem. (Telling me to go to a different
> form is perfectly acceptable)
>  about three or four months ago they tried converting a few people to
> open office so they could cut down the number of Microsoft office
> purchases they were making. The conversion failed miserably. This
> organization lives and dies by spreadsheets that are shipped around. If
> it is going to be a replacement for Excel, the conversion must be
> perfect. Everything must behave identically. Close enough and fudge
> it, doesn't cut it because these are salespeople dealing with product
> and customers with a very short turnaround cycle. stuff that isn't
> exactly as it was, makes their hearts beat faster and not in a good way.
> try open office 2.0? not likely. The experience was so bad it's going
> to take a while for people to forget.
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