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Novell Connects Linux Desktop Users to Microsoft Exchange 2003

Novell's Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange enables users of Ximian Evolution groupware suite on Linux and UNIX desktops to function as full Microsoft Exchange 2000/2003 clients Novell is in the business of connecting disparate computer systems to give users access to the resources they need, when they need them

PROVO, Utah | October 21, 2003

Novell today announced support for Microsoft* Exchange 2003 via its Ximian® Connector for Microsoft Exchange. Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange version 1.4.5 is currently available, enabling users of the Ximian Evolution® e-mail and workgroup information management application to easily collaborate with Windows-desktop-using co-workers connected to Microsoft Exchange 2000 or 2003 servers. Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange is a client software add-on that allows Ximian Evolution users on Linux* and Solaris* desktops to be supported as full Microsoft Exchange 2000/2003 clients, so Linux desktop users can easily manage their e-mail, calendars, group schedules, address books, public folders and tasks in Exchange.

"Novell is in the business of connecting disparate platforms and computer systems together to give users access to the resources they need, when they need them," said Alan Nugent, Novell® chief technology officer. "Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange 2003 is important to the growing enterprise Linux desktop user population who need to collaborate using Exchange. Ximian software from Novell lets organizations cost effectively deploy Linux desktop solutions within largely Windows* environments without losing their connections to important information or colleagues."

Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange works in conjunction with Ximian Evolution, the premier personal and workgroup information management solution for Linux and UNIX*-based systems. The recent recipient of the Linux Journal 2003 Readers' Choice Award for "Favorite E-mail Client," the open source Ximian Evolution integrates e-mail, calendar, and contact and task list management into one fast and easy-to-use application. Ximian Evolution supports a broad range of Linux distributions and UNIX variants, including Red Hat*, SuSE*, Mandrake* and Solaris. Ximian Evolution also supports key data exchange and communications standards, such as IMAP, POP, SMTP, LDAP and iCalendar, and features QuickSearch, vFolders, threaded e-mail view, in-line text editing and synchronization with Palm* handhelds.

Mark Levitt, IDC vice president of Collaborative Computing, said, "By adding Ximian client support for Microsoft Exchange 2003, Novell is helping enterprise customers promote interoperability with corporate standards and coexistence between Linux and Windows desktops. Novell recognizes that one key to the success of Linux will be the availability of Ximian Evolution and other full-featured Linux applications that give end-users real alternatives."

Ximian Evolution and Ximian Connector give organizations a cost-effective way to provide interoperability for lower-cost Linux desktops in mixed-platform environments, resulting in increased productivity for users and IT personnel as well as dramatically reduced costs for technology purchase, deployment and support.

Pricing and Availability
Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange is now available for $69 per user from Novell Authorized ResellersSM and from the Ximian Web store at the How to buy page. For more information, visit Ximian Evolution is available for free download at, and it can also be purchased on CD as part of Ximian Desktop Professional Edition for $99. Users of earlier versions of Ximian Evolution and Ximian Connector can update to the latest 1.4.5 software free of charge using the Ximian Red Carpet™ software updating application.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at

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