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Linux Email Leader Scalix Announces Plans to Make Community Edition an Open Source Project

  • 27 July, 2006 13:18

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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Software Vendor Announces Open Source
Strategy and Roadmap</span><br/>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">San Mateo, CA and O’Reilly Open Source
Convention, Portland, OR — July
26, 2006 —</span> Scalix Corporation, the leading Linux email,
calendaring and
integration platform company, today announced that it will turn its
popular Scalix Community Edition free software product into an open
source project. <br/>
In an effort to sponsor and support the creation of a complete
enterprise open source application stack, the company will contribute
major parts of the source code of the Scalix platform – known for its
stability and reliability – to the community. This will allow more
options for porting, localization, enhancements and further integration
options with other systems. In a related announcement, Scalix announced
a new licensing agreement with Hewlett-Packard that supports open
sourcing the portions of the Scalix product line based on HP’s proven
OpenMail technology. <br/>
Scalix Community Edition Open Source will consist of the Scalix Server,
a new web services API platform for application integration, the Scalix
Installer, the Scalix Administration Console, Scalix Web Access Mobile
and new search and indexing services, as well as Scalix Ready open
source components. The open source project will be based on Scalix’s
upcoming major release of their commercial enterprise product family,
scheduled for community preview in August 2006. Phased release of open
source components will continue through March 2007.<br/>
Scalix has built a strong user community with more than 2,000 active
members and more than 35,000 downloads of Community Edition since the
free product was released last August. The software is used to run more
than 10,000 email servers supporting over one million users and
includes an AJAX-based web client and robust Outlook support. For
further information on Scalix Community Edition, go to <a href=""></a>.<br/>
“We’ve been very excited about the success of the Scalix Community
Edition product,” said Glenn Winokur, Scalix’s president and CEO. “One
million deployed mailboxes and forums with thousands of active members
are proof of the strong interest in a field-proven email and
calendaring platform that scales well from small businesses to large
enterprise environments. Scalix Community Edition Open Source will be a
major step toward a complete stack of enterprise-ready open source
applications, complementing other leading solutions such as SugarCRM
and Alfresco,” he added.<br/>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Open Source Roadmap</span><br/>
By the end of August and following the release of the community
preview, Scalix will launch the new open source community website
featuring the Scalix Community Forum, a public bugtracking system, an
extended documentation wiki and a blog. Over the following months,
Scalix will make component source code, localization kits, technical
documentation and updated binaries available. This will start in
September with the source code release of a web services platform for
administration infrastructure, data access and application integration,
the Scalix Web Access mobile client for wireless devices, the new
search and indexing service and the Scalix installer. The source code
of the underlying Scalix mail and directory server will be released in
the first quarter of 2007.<br/>
“We’re turning Community Edition into our first large-scale open source
project and will add all the usual tools such as a public code
repository, a bugtracking system and more feedback channels,” said
Florian von Kurnatowski, Scalix’s newly appointed director of open
source programs. “We recognize that taking a closed system and making
it open source is a tough challenge. It will take code cleanup and
other preparations which will take time to accomplish. However, we are
committed to making Scalix available to the open source community and
we’re well underway in our efforts.” <br/>
According to Scalix, the REST and SOAP APIs in Scalix’s web services
platform will enable rapid integration with other well-known projects
as well as adding more members to Scalix’s family of Clients of Choice.<br/>
The company will encourage and support a close relationship and
partnership with other related open source communities, such as leading
alternative desktop client providers (e.g. Mozilla, KDE Project, GNOME
Project), communications ecosystems (e.g. Funambol, Asterisk, Jabber
Software Foundation, HylaFAX), collaboration (e.g. Alfresco), business
applications (e.g. SugarCRM, Compiere), systems management solutions
(e.g. Hyperic, GroundWork Open Source), as well as messaging ecosystem
support for anti-virus, anti-spam, directory, back-up and archiving.<br/>
“We’ve been talking to other communities for a long time,” added von
Kurnatowski. “Being a true open source player will enable us to deepen
some of those relationships, to the benefit of developers, community
users and commercial customers alike,” he said.<br/>
Scalix is already offering the source code for the Novell Evolution
client connector under a GPL-based license. The company’s Outlook MAPI
connector will remain closed source, but will be enabled to
interoperate with the open source server components. Scalix will also
provide a free upgrade path to current Community Edition users.<br/>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Open Source Licensing</span><br/>
Scalix will introduce and maintain a dual licensing strategy. The
company will license open source components under the “Scalix Public
License (SPL)” which is derived from the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
This allows the use of third-party code not licensed under MPL and also
permits the co-existence with commercial code components. There will
also be a commercial license for the Scalix enterprise product as well
as a mechanism for community contributions.<br/>
“Using an MPL-derived license in a dual-licensing model is very common
in the open source community today. It is the most flexible choice of a
license as it allows both the open source community and third parties
with proprietary licenses to integrate,” explained von Kurnatowski.<br/>
<span style="font-weight: bold;">About Scalix Corporation</span><br/>
Scalix is the leading Linux email, calendaring and integration platform
company that addresses the needs of CIOs, email administrators and end
users for a Linux-based, open source supported, field tested
collaboration environment. With over 1 million mailboxes worldwide,
35,000 Community Edition downloads, more than 2,000 community forum
members and over 400 corporate customers, Scalix is the lowest-risk,
Linux-based email and calendaring platform available to the enterprise
today. Scalix is available online at <a href=""></a>
or through Linux resellers worldwide.For more information, visit<br/>
Scalix is a trademark of Scalix Corporation. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.<br/>
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