Zarafa Groupware, ClearOS Linux Get Integrated

Deploying a fully open-source groupware suite on a Linux server became a little easier recently with the release of ClearOS version 6.3, which sports full integration with the Zarafa Collaboration Platform. Here’s the scoop, and how it affects the open-source channel.
Based on CentOS (which is itself derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux), ClearOS is a commercial Linux distribution designed for small and medium-sized organizations. It’s backed by the ClearFoundation, which sells support services for the platform, and is available in two flavors: ClearOS Community and ClearOS Professional.
Zarafa, meanwhile, develops an open-source groupware suite intended to provide an alternative to Microsoft’s Exchange server. The VAR Guy himself has pointed to Zarafa as among the open-source world’s top fifty companies. More recently, we’ve emphasized Zarafa’s key importance in offering the open-source channel a full replacement for Exchange, which has traditionally been one of the main sticking-points for organizations considering switching from proprietary to open-source IT infrastructures.
Zarafa and ClearOS
Zarafa’s integration into the latest version of ClearOS doesn’t come totally out of the blue. Zarafa began partnering with the developers behind ClearOS earlier this year. Nor is Zarafa investing all of its efforts to increase its deployability in ClearOS; just last month, it made

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