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By fajarpri ·
Dear All,
I recently installed Mandrake 8 and I fell in love instantly.
Now, my question are:
1. Is there any "Client-server" environment in Linux network? Where the clients have to login into the server in order to access network resources? Justlike in Windows network.
2. Can Linux replace Exchange Server and Outlook? In this term it means providing INTRANET email and INTERNET email function at the SAME time.
Many thanks :)

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by marshallkeithusa In reply to Replacing Exchange and Ou ...

I have never used Mandrake but if it is like most distro's it will come with sendmail. Sendmail is a very powerfull Mail program but equal to the power of it it is a very difficult program to setup and secure. If you want a simple mail server for linux check out www.qmail.org. As far as outlook check out gnome.org they are working on a program that looks very similar to outlook. Otherwise kde and gnome have several mail programs that will send and recieve mail. You also can use netscape for the same.

Now as far as Client-Server there is MARS which emulates a novell server, Samba which emulates a Windows NT server and NFS (Network File server) I recomend Samba as it is the easiest to connect to Windoze boxes. You can get the lattest from www.samba.org. The one that came with your distro will work fine but the lattest one more closely emulates a NT 4.0 server about the only thing lacking is backup dns and caching wins server. Otherwise it is all there.

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by marshallkeithusa In reply to Replacing Exchange and Ou ...

The outlook replacement in gnome I am talking about is called evolution.

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by fajarpri In reply to Replacing Exchange and Ou ...

I've tried Evolution and it's pretty good for internet email, but it's not a finished program :) and I doubt i can serve as a client for internet email AND intranet email.

Can you give me your real experience in replacing exchange server and outlook?

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by marshallkeithusa In reply to Replacing Exchange and Ou ...

I use qmail and actually when I set up for clients that want to admin themselves I use esmith www.esmith.com. It is based on redhat 7 and is administered from a web browser. Qmail does not have all of the back office toys it is basicly the same asinternet mail but can be used for intranet.

I use Mozilla for email it doesn't have a taskmanager and all of the other toys involved with outlook but both gnome and kde have those functions built in and they are compatable with palm which I use regularly. If you are asking if there is one program that will do everything that outlook will do then I have to say I have not found one evolution is the only one that comes close. I personally do not like outlook and have used it very little I allways used eudora or netscape for mail and act for everything else less virus risks for one thing.

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by McKayTech In reply to Replacing Exchange and Ou ...

In regards to question 2, it depends on what capabilities in Exchange you need. If you're looking for collaboration tools (public folders with replication, workflow automation, tight integration with a suite of office products, etc.), the options on Linux are still limited and not likely to satisfy the needs of folks who have been raised on Outlook/Exchange.

For strictly e-mail operations, sendmail, qmail or several other options exist but they are not quite as elegant or pre-packaged as Exchange. The difference between Intranet and Internet e-mail is simply one of routing and properly configured, any of the existing e-mail server programs can offer both capabilities.

paul

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by schannachie In reply to Replacing Exchange and Ou ...

Hi,

To question #1 the answer is yes, but you have a lot to work. You can have a look at

www.linux.org/apps/index.html
www.linux.org/apps/daemons/....
www.linux.org/apps/networking/....

And you will find the application you need to share files with windows world (samba), nfs to share files all over your linux network, SMB so you can grant users with NT domains, etc. Some of these application are in the different distributions.

The answer to question #2 is yes, you've got as much flavors as you like, as mail servers you have, sendmail, pine, pine2, etc,
the clients can be kde (I'm using kde mail client to reach an exchange server an sendmail server too), gnome, staroffice, netscape, etc. I'm using sendmail as mail relay server, and mail local server, and as internet mail server. All is up to how you configure this daemon.

Hope it helps

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