[Linux4christians] Favorite E-mail programs and plugins
fuzzie at vohslaw.com
Tue Aug 30 14:58:30 EDT 2005
JD Runyan wrote:
> Exchange for 15 users is silly and expensive. Unless your church is
> very well off, and lacks members with technical expertise, I would
> advise using web based calendering and an imap server. I would shift
> them to SquirrelMail, IMAP(pick a solution), LDAP, SMTP. With the
> right plugins, you can have personal/shared address books and
> calenders in squirrel mail, and it is a breeze to maintain. If you
> have static IP addresses to the Internet through a business class
> service, then you can make all of this available on the Internet, and
> then some of the staff can work from home, and you can make
> collaboration resources more available to volunteers. If you have to
> buy access licenses for all users, then you won't include volunteers.
> You could host something like this at a server rental/colo as well if
> you are already doing a web site that way. I use a similar setup for
> NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) because the major
> groupware vendors revolve around stationary offices, and the mobile
> users are an afterthought. I have thousands of users all over the
> country, most of which will be connecting from a fire camp in the
> woods. I would push the cost factors, because most non-techies won't
> understand the technical arguments. You could set up a prototype
> system for them in very little time. I would request that time to do
> that before the Exchange purchase is made. Just ask for the time to
> show them an alternative.
Exchange through the conference is $350. That is fairly inexpensive. I
am aware of the security issues, etc., but thanks to everyone for
reminding me of those concerns.
I like the idea of a web-based calendaring system; what does everyone
use and endorese?
As far as moving the staff from Outlook and M$, I'm reminded:
Lord, give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed;
Give me courage to change things which must be changed;
And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.
So, with the goal of moving toward a linux environment, if we put in a
llinux file and email server, using some web-based calendaring system,
perhaps we can then start moving the workstations to linux.
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