LinuxXandros, a provider of intuitive end-to-end Linux solutions and cross platform management tools, or better known as the creator of the Linux distributor Xandros, has announced the acquisition of privately held Scalix.

Scalix is best known for its award-winning Linux-based e-mail server product. Its e-mail server provides not only the standard IMAP, POP, and SMTP but also native MAPI, Web-mail, as well as push mail capabilities via a third-party connector.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed though Scalix will continue to operate independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Xandros.

Xandros was founded in 2001 by the late Dr. Frederick (Rick) Berenstein, and has offices in New York, Frankfurt, and Sao Paulo. Vice president of finance Walter Lim will leave Scalix, while all the remaining sales support staff and engineers — a total of about 13 people — will be unaffected. With the acquisition, Xandros will now have nearly 100 employees.

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The acquisition expands Xandros’ attempt to grow beyond its original roots as a desktop Linux supplier to a seller of a broader range of server products including Linux and management tools. Scalix is proprietary software, like competitor Microsoft Exchange but not Open-Xchange.

Much of the advantage where this acquisition is concerned would probably be the larger pool of resources that Scalix will now be able to tap into. It is clear that Scalix is coveting the enterprise messaging space where it seems to have done good and come out with a full-featured and robust product.

However, it is not hard to imagine the difficulties that Scalix would have faced in garnering the confidence of the Fortune 500 crowd. Coming under Xandros would not only increase Scalix’s relative standing, but also enable a much greater level of integration that will surely find favor with management and system administrators alike.

You can read more about the deal:

Linux seller Xandros acquires Scalix server software (

Xandros Acquires Open-Source E-mail Vendor Scalix (eWeek)

Xandros buys Linux e-mail vendor Scalix (LinuxWorld)

Would you recommend Scalix (or other Linux-based mail servers) for your company?