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FairPoint e-mail troubles continue

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| Not even in-depth knowledge of computers has provided immunity, as is shown 
| by Jon "maddog" Hall of Amherst, who is internationally known in the Linux 
| and open-source software community.  
| Hall had channeled a number of different e-mail accounts through Verizon, all 
| of which were cut off following the problems with FairPoint's final system 
| takeover last weekend.  
| "This is embarrassing," Hall admitted Thursday.
| So many of the e-mails sent to Hall have bounced back as undeliverable that 
| he has been removed from several mailing lists that are used to keep the 
| global Linux community connected.  
| "I just got an e-mail message from the automated e-mail system of the group 
| that I founded 15 years ago, telling me that it was going to remove me from 
| the mailing list because of 'excessive bounces'," he wrote in an e-mail to 
| The Telegraph.   
| Compounding his problems is that when FairPoint took over all of Verizon's 
| systems it apparently stopped supporting some Linux systems. Hall had to go 
| to the local library and access FairPoint's Web pages through a Windows-based 
| system in order to make changes to his account, and even so he hit obstacles 
| that puzzled him.    



Editor's Note: An Exchange Killer, For Real. No, Really. Well, Maybe Not...

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| While the big Linux news revolves around the desktop wars, one of the few
| remaining Redmond strongholds is the unholy MS Exchange/Outlook duo. For
| whatever reason, despite their innumerable defects, fragility, expense,
| cruddy performance, and friendliness to malware, businesses are reluctant to
| give them up. The two reasons I used to hear were the pain of migration, and
| users don't want to give up their Outlook. Migrating an existing data store
| away from Exchange is very difficult- by design, of course. (Why aren't all
| these smart college-educated business types asking themselves who owns their
| data?) But it can be done.


R.I.P. Exchange?

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| Over the years, many of Microsoft monopolies have been successfully attacked
| by open source: Linux on the server; Apache for Web servers; Firefox for Web
| browsers; and so on.
| [...]
| Cisco is buying PostPath, and that is going to kick Exchange in the head. You
| see, is an open-source based server program that doesn't just do e-mail and
| groupware, it actually has reverse-engineered Microsoft Exchange's protocols.
| Result: To someone sitting at a desk looking at your copy of Outlook, you
| won't be able to tell the difference.


Open source could doom Exchange, one IT pro believes

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| The following post is a guest blog from new Google Subnet blogger Garett
| Kopczynski who this week launched Network World's Google Watcher blog.
| Kopczynski is an IT professional for the city of Keene, N.H., and has been
| involved in the transformation of the IT group as it increasingly explores
| cloud computing and Google Apps. He writes: I am seeing the evidence of a
| fundamental shift to open source. The clunkiness of the IT world I have
| experience with brings to mind the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and
| mammals waited in the wings. As people are exposed to the possibilities of
| server side applications and program alternatives, I think they will feel
| less obliged to go with the current standard. AOL, for instance, was the
| easiest option for Internet in the 1990's, and yet it is no longer an
| indomitable presence. Open source could spell extinction for the current IT
| standards.


Microsoft Exchange dumped for Linux-based clone

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| After conducting an evaluation of alternatives, the hospital decided not to
| upgrade to a newer version of Exchange. Instead, it went with a  Linux-based
| Exchange clone that it felt could meet the needs of its 700 users without
| forcing them and IT to learn a whole new system.



U.S. judge orders Intel to try to recover e-mails

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| Farnan gave Intel 30 days to recover as many of the missing e-mails
| as possible and to draw up a report on the steps it is taking to do
| so, Mulloy said.


AMD: Intel Destroyed Evidence in Antitrust Case

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| In an unpublished statement to the U.S. District Court of Delaware,
| AMD alleges Intel allowed the destruction of evidence in pending
| antitrust litigation.


Microsoft dirty tricks, part two (Bob Cringely)

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| "So the outside vendor was Hewlett-Packard, one of Microsoft's
| hardware OEMs, which is to say Microsoft's bitch.
| The tape disappearance was blamed on HP, which  accepted the blame,
| and the employees directly involved kept expecting there to be
| repurcussions, especially legal ones.  They expected to be deposed by
| Burst lawyers.  But it never happened.
| This was, for Microsoft, a perfect ending. ..."


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| In May 2004, Judge J. Frederick Motz ordered Microsoft to
| investigate Burst.com's claim that, in 2000, Allchin ordered
| Microsoft employees to destroy email after 30 days and not to
| archive their email, suggesting that this deletion policy
| might be an effort to eliminate material that would later be
| damaging in court. This case was settled out of court in March
| 2005, with Microsoft agreeing to pay Burst.com $60 million
| for nonexclusive rights to Burst.com's media player software.


Bush team deletes embarrassing emails

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| According to the Washington Post, countless e-mails to and from
| many key White House staffers have been deleted to avoid
| congressional subpoenas.


Virgin Media taps Microsoft in lengthy email outage

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| A mysterious configuration problem was identified on one of VM's eight email
| server clusters last Wednesday. Microsft engineers have struggled to identify
| the cause, forcing several reboots.  


[Australia:] WA infrastructure dept close to e-mail disaster

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| Western Australia's Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DPI)
| has revealed its Microsoft Exchange-based e-mail system is
| suffering frequent outages that are creating a risk of
| embarrassing public data loss.


Why Exchange could be in trouble

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| Because Exchange is a whole other world, and, even with the large
| Exchange community, I find it equally opaque at times.
| So, for now at least, we went to the tried and true
| Postfix+Courier-IMAP solution that is ever so common in
| UNIX shops, companies that are open to using Linux, and ISPs.


Specsavers opens eyes to open source

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| The group aims to have made the same transition across all its 960
| stores with Redhat, a version of the Linux open source operating
| system, being used to run its retail computer terminals. Four
| thousand of these have been transitioned so far, with another
| 4,000 still to be done in other countries.
| Its point of sale machines will also be moved to Linux, as will
| the servers running its stores and regional headquarters. The
| firm's large-scale data centre in Guernsey will be running Sun
| Solaris. It has also invested in an open source accounting
| package to run its financials outside the UK, which it is under
| an agreement not to name. The UK system won't change, said Khan,
| because he believed that "if it ain't broke, you don't fix it".


Read the Exchange 2007 small print

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| Hmmm. Simplification? Sounds more like a way for Microsoft to wring
| more dollars from customers, to me.


Exchange 2007 facing integration issues with other Microsoft software

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| In a nutshell, Exchange 2007 can't run on Microsoft's most
| current virtualization software, Exchange's management tools
| won't run on the just released Vista desktop operating system
| and the 64-bit messaging server is not compatible with Microsoft's
| forthcoming 64-bit server operating system called Longhorn.
| [...]
| In any case, users are already reacting, especially in regards to |
| virtualization, which has become a hot bed of networking activity, as well
| as, a major area of competition for Microsoft with VMWare and open source
| Xen on Linux platforms


Users, analysts: No rush to adopt Exchange 2007

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| Windows Vista isn't the only recently released Microsoft software
| that will give users headaches when they upgrade their systems.
| Corporate users, partners, and analysts said upgrading to Exchange
| Server 2007 from previous versions also may be a lengthy and
| painful process for companies, which may want to take a
| wait-and-see approach to the new software.


Open source email is the future - Synaq

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| "We continue to receive very positive feedback from clients that have
| committed to a migration from traditional email platforms, Exchange and other
| messaging infrastructure. Clearly, there is an association between
| Linux-based technology and benefits such as improved operational efficiency,
| higher levels of infrastructure management and control, as well as lower
| total cost of ownership," he adds.      

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