March 2, 2001

Mailserver solutions - Open Source vs Proprietary

Author: JT Smith

Russ Foster writes "Like most things, Microsoft's Exchange mail server has its advocates and
its critics. For those who fall into the latter category, one alternative is
to run a Linux/Open Source mailserver. The most obvious advantage of doing
this is the cost savings involved; an Exchange server software with 5 Client
Access Licences (CALs) will cost £879.35 + hardware costs, whereas the cost
of an Open Source mailserver solution amounts to the value of the hardware
upon which it runs.
Current users of Exchange may concede the point when the cost argument is raised, but their next questions will invariably be "Can Open Source mailservers do what Exchange can?" and "Are they scalable?"
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