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CommuniGate Pro 4.1 (CGP) is a comprehensive e-mail platform that includes a variety of messaging services. First and foremost, CGP provides standards-based e-mail services, including SMTP, POP, and IMAP. E-mail can be accessed and sent via most any e-mail client or via a Web interface. In addition to e-mail, CGP provides an integrated LDAP directory and calendaring (via Outlook, Web, iCAL, or vCAl) and list server. That's not the end of Stalker Software's solution; on top of that they offer amenities like spam filtering and virus protection to keep users safe from malicious programs. Not only does CGP meet a variety of messaging needs, it also runs on a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Unix, Mac OS, and AS/400. Stalker's claim is that CGP runs on more than 30 OS/hardware combinations. This is possible because the software is compiled from a single cod... (more)

Crossing the Open Source Chasm

Recently I have had a number of conversations with people who make their living in open source, and every one of them talked to some degree about the idea that they were starting to address a market that has, in the parlance of Geoffrey Moore, crossed the chasm. In Mr. Moore's infamous and perhaps over-analyzed book, Crossing the Chasm, about high-tech marketing, he talks about the early adopters and technology enthusiasts who identify the market but aren't able to cross the chasm to the early mainstream market. All of the executives whom I spoke with were excited because they ha... (more)

Preso: Things I Learned about Open Source…The Hard Way

My presentation at the Bay Area Open Source Meet-Up - OS in Big Organizations: Failures, Success Stories & Best Practices on August 13, 2014. Mark Hinkle runs the Citrix Open Source Business Office and has spent 20 years working with open source communities and delivering open source software. Topics covered in this presentation will include the benefit of his mistakes and successes both in evaluating open source ad an end-user and in delivering enterprise solutions based on open source software. Technorati Tags: Community, Open Source ... (more)

To Whom It May Concern

U R G E N T    A P P E A L Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter, are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the ability to communicate freely ... (more)

CPUBuilders by Stratitec Linux Computer System

Colleagues and friends often ask me about Linux since they see it referenced everywhere from Business Week to quirky IBM and Dell commercials during football games. I am always eager to share my experiences - I say that it takes a bit of time to get up to speed, but it's worth it in the end, especially for those people who have been victims of the latest computer virus. The biggest hurdle for them is usually installing Linux. However, recent home-user PCs are making it even more practical to take the first step into Linux. Wichita, Kansas-based PC builders Stratitec announced a ... (more)