Sun Enlists Ximian To Bring Evolution To Sun ONE, Launches AppServer 7 For Linux


Sun ONE Linux Desktop won't ship until 2Q 2003


Sun Microsystems has enlisted the help of Linux startup Ximian as it attempts to bolster its presence in the Linux software market.

As Sun gets set to announce its Sun ONE Application Server 7 at LinuxWorld, and plans to ship its Sun ONE Linux Desktop in the second quarter of 2003, the company along with Ximian will unveil plans to distribute a new connector called the Sun ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution. The connector will be available in mid-2003 through both Ximian and Sun.

Evolution, which first shipped in December 2001, has emerged as a popular open-source e-mail and calendaring client and is bundled with a variety of leading Linux distributions including Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake and Lindows.

The connector will give Linux and Solaris users a fully enabled client for e-mail, calendaring and scheduling, and other personal information tasks, said Jon Perr, director of marketing for Ximian.

As Ximian's Connector for Exchange enabled the Evolution client for Microsoft Exchange, this connector will enable Linux and Windows users to have a fully functional e-mail and groupware client to run with the Sun ONE Messaging Server and collaboration server, said Perr.

"It's an Evolution client for Linux and Unix," Perr said during a meeting at the Javits Center in New York. "It's a partnership whereby Sun and Ximian are integrating Evolution client with Sun ONE servers."

Since launching its first Linux distribution and LX50 server last year, Sun has been moving more aggressively to add Linux software support for customers.

Sun's planned Sun ONE Linux Desktop is now scheduled for delivery during the second quarter of 2003, a Sun spokeswoman said. It will incorporate an enhanced version of Ximian's Evolution client based on GNOME 2.0, Ximian's Perr said.

Additionally, Sun is expected to announce availability of its Sun ONE Application Server 7 for Linux at the New York show. AppServer 7 was first announced last fall for Unix and Windows.