Advertising "open core" software

Rahul Sundaram metherid at
Wed Apr 14 21:24:54 UTC 2010

On 04/15/2010 02:12 AM, Robert Scheck wrote:
> I'm sorry to say that, but it looks very much like you never used Zarafa so
> far nor do you have somehow a deep clue about the features or how it works.

Not the case.

> Please explain why you consider the Microsoft Outlook support (a *.DLL MAPI
> connector), the Active Directory toolkit, support for Blackberry Enterprise
> Server and the Auto deployment tools as key features? 

Any large scale deployment would very likely use these features.  If
they were not key features, the organization behind Zarafa wouldn't be
holding back these features as proprietary ones.  The whole business
model depends on enticing users to buy the proprietary version.   Now
the open source version might be usable by itself for some users and I
don't disagree with that but it is certainly worth asking whether this
is a model we want to promote. 

> So which key features are you exactly missing in Fedora? Who the fuck needs
> seriously support for Microsoft products in Fedora? 

Believe it or not, we do spend a lot of time working on interoperability
with Windows.  Think Samba for instance and  Red Hat's investment on
openchange.  Do watch your language.  There is no need for rudeness when
the question being asked is simple and straight forward.


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