June 21, 2005

VA Linux Releases `FlexPOP' as Open Source

Shuji Sado writes "VA Linux Publicly Releases `FlexPOP', a Fast and Secure POP Server
Which Supports Large-scale Systems, as an Open Source Software. [VA Linux Japan and NewsForge are related.]

- To Fulfill Its `Statement of Our Commitments on Open Source
Software', VA Linux Begins Opening Up Several Key Products
Which Compose VA FMS -

Tokyo, JAPAN - June 20, 2005 -- VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
(VA Linux), Japan's leading Linux and Open Source solutions
provider, today announced that it released `FlexPOP', a fast
and secure POP server product which supports large-scale systems,
as an Open Source Software. FlexPOP is a part of VA FMS
(FlexMessaging Solution), a total messaging solution which can
be used in from small-to-middle scale organizations to large scale
network service providers which have over one million accounts.

FlexPOP is a new POP server developed by VA Linux, which has the merit
of being fast and secure. FlexPOP supports the Maildir format,
thus it can be used on large-scale systems which use NFS spools.
Other strong points include user authentication with
LDAP, POP before SMTP support, POP lock (mutual exclusion) support
when accessed concurrently, timeout setting support for POP
commands, delayed response support when POP authentication errors
occurred and encrypted connection support.

This time VA Linux releases the POP server part of FlexPOP, and the
source code can be obtained from FlexPOP Project
(http://sourceforge.net/projects/flexpop/) hosted on SourceForge.net.
By opening up a part of its intellectual properties, VA Linux
expects it will get valuable feedbacks from its users, which will
contribute to improve robustness and reliability of FlexPOP greatly.

Most of the software which composes VA FMS except FlexPOP has been
released under Open Source licenses such as GNU GPL, thus source
codes for such software has been already available for its users.
VA Linux carefully considered the pros and cons of releasing
in-house original tools such as FlexPOP as Open Source Software,
and this time decided to release it as an OSS. Also, in case
VA Linux improved existing software, it elaborately considers
the possibility of merging such improvements on the upstream
level, and if possible, VA Linux will contribute such additional
codes to the upstream.

"This move is a clear evidence that VA Linux suits the action to the
word" said Tetsuya Ueda, President and CEO of VA Linux in Tokyo.
"We did what we said in our `Statement of Our Commitments on Open
Source Software' (http://www.valinux.co.jp/en/about/oss_statement.h tml)
released on February 22nd, 2005. VA Linux always thinks that the
collaboration with international communities of Open Source
developers is important, and promises it will always be with Open
Source."

* FlexPOP overview: http://www.valinux.co.jp/en/products/flexpop/
* VA FMS overview: http://www.valinux.co.jp/en/solution/flexmessaging/

About VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.

Founded in September 2000, VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux),
which has based its operations on the development of Linux and Open
Source, has become one of the premier providers of Linux kernel,
technological, and software solutions in the Japanese domestic
market. From March 2004 onward, VA Linux has been the recipient of
funding from NTT Comware and NTT Data. VA Linux is currently at the
forefront of implementing Linux solutions for telecommunication and
enterprise system markets. http://www.valinux.co.jp/en/

Contact

Takako Iizuka
Public Relations
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
phone: +81-3-3293-5151
fax: +81-3-3293-5152
Email: mktg at valinux.co.jp"

Link: valinux.co.jp

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