1/23/2003 - Ximian, Inc., the leading provider of desktop and server solutions enabling enterprise Linux adoption, and Sun Microsystems Inc., a leader in systems and solutions that make the Net work, announced the Sun[tm] ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution. The Sun ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution provides complete integration for Sun ONE users with Linux and Solaris[tm] desktops to the popular Evolution email and calendaring workgroup information client. This enables them to easily collaborate with Windows-based coworkers. These users will be able to seamlessly and easily manage their email, multiple calendars, group schedules, shared calendars, address books and local task lists using existing Sun ONE servers.

According to The Radicati Group ("Messaging Total Cost of Ownership 2001, December 2001"), organizations surveyed realized a total cost of ownership of $2.55 per subscriber using the Sun ONE communications products, versus a total cost of ownership of $26.92 per subscriber for organizations using Microsoft Exchange.

"Ximian is committed to providing solutions in Ximian Evolution and Ximian Connector that tie islands of workers to company-wide messaging platforms," said David Patrick, president and CEO of Ximian. "We're excited to build on our long-term relationship with Sun to enable corporate customers to benefit by seamlessly supporting Linux and Solaris users in their Sun ONE environments."

"The Sun ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution removes one of the last barriers to moving to an open communications platform by making available the Sun ONE communications platform to end-user desktops," said Stephen Pelletier, vice president for network identity, communication and portal products for Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We're providing a low cost alternative to overpriced and proprietary email and calendar software that enterprises want."

Ximian Evolution[tm] is the award-winning personal and workgroup information management solution for Linux and UNIX-based systems and a powerful collaboration software with broad support for popular corporate communications architectures.

The award-winning Sun ONE communications platform includes instant messaging, messaging server software with more than 220 million mailboxes sold, and calendar server software with more than 100 million seats sold. The Sun ONE Messaging Server was recently positioned as a leader within Gartner's latest Messaging Servers Magic Quadrant ("Magic Quadrant for Messaging Servers," October 2002). Gartner's Magic Quadrant maps Gartner's assessment of the vendor's 'Breadth of Vision' against its 'Ability to Execute'. Sun is positioned in the top right Leader quadrant. According to Gartner, Leaders are vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

The Sun ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution enables IT managers and system administrators to integrate desktop Solaris and Linux users of the Ximian Evolution client with the Sun ONE Calendar and Messaging Servers to support calendaring, shared address book access, task and contact management, and centralized mail storage.

Sun ONE users can define and manage email folders, propose meetings with and view free/busy time of other Sun ONE users, access personal contacts and global address lists. Sun ONE users get an elegant interface and full functionality of Ximian Evolution, including QuickSearch, vFolders, threaded email view, in-line text editing and synchronization with Palm handhelds.

In addition to the Sun ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution, the Sun ONE Communications products include a new synchronization tool that enables synchronization to Microsoft Outlook 98, 2000, Windows CE devices, and Palm Desktops. Users can download the synchronization tool at

The open source Ximian Evolution client uniquely integrates email, calendar, contact and task list management in one powerful, fast and easy-to-use application. Ximian Evolution supports a broad range of Linux distributions and UNIX variants, including Solaris, Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE, and more. Ximian Evolution also provides support for key data exchange and communications standards, such as IMAP, POP, SMTP, LDAP, iCalendar and more.

The Sun ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution software for Solaris, Sun Linux, and other Linux operating systems is expected to be shipped with the Sun ONE Calendar Server beginning in mid 2003. It is expected to be shipped by Ximian in mid 2003.

Ximian also offers Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange, a product that allows Ximian Evolution users to function as clients of Microsoft Exchange 2000. For more information on these products, visit the Ximian Website at

About Ximian, Inc.
Ximian is the leading provider of desktop and server solutions enabling enterprise Linux adoption. Ximian products, in use by over 1,000,000 people worldwide, provide the interoperability, management functionality and ease of use required to integrate Linux users and systems into mixed corporate computing environments. Ximian offers both a complete Linux desktop environment and productivity application suite and enterprise software management solutions to dramatically reduce the cost of deploying and maintaining Linux systems. Ximian founders are pioneers of the open source GNOME and Mono projects. The company has secured funding from leading venture firms Charles River Ventures and Battery Ventures. It can be reached at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Ximian and Ximian Evolution are trademarks of Ximian, Inc. Sun, Sun Microsystems, Sun logo and Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted October 2002 by Gartner Inc., and is reused with permission. Gartner Inc.'s permission to print or reference its Magic Quadrant should not be deemed to be an endorsement of any company or product depicted in the quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is Gartner Inc.'s opinion and is an analytical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It measures vendors against Gartner Inc.-defined criteria for a marketplace. The positioning of vendors within a Magic Quadrant is based on the complex interplay of many factors. Gartner Inc. does not advise enterprises to select only those firms in the Leaders segment. In some situations, firms in the Visionary, Challenger, or Niche Player segments may be the right match for an enterprise's requirements. Well-informed vendor selection decisions should rely on more than a Magic Quadrant. Gartner, Inc. research is intended to be one of many information sources including other published information and direct analyst interaction. Gartner Inc. expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied of fitness of this research for a particular purpose.

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