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    Default State of Exchange 2007 support in openSUSE 11.3

    I got the impression after attending a LinuxCon session that Exchange 2007 support in Evolution was a solved problem in SUSE. Is the same true in openSUSE 11.3? What packages do I need to install to enable Exchange email/calendar/contact sync in Evolution? And does it depend on IMAP? Thanks.

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    Default Re: State of Exchange 2007 support in openSUSE 11.3

    I'm wondering why people are not asking Microsoft this question. The ball sits firmly in their court if you ask me.
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    caf4926 wrote:
    > I'm wondering why people are not asking Microsoft this question. The
    > ball sits firmly in their court if you ask me.


    If that was the answer we'd never have SAMBA.

    I don't expect MS to write Linux programs. The EU has forced them to
    cough up some of the specs for compatibility - not sure where the
    Exchange RPCs fit into the scheme of things, but if they're documented
    there's no reason the Linux community can't have written clients.

    Connectors exist but some are a 'bring money' proposition...

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    Default Re: State of Exchange 2007 support in openSUSE 11.3

    If the documentation is any good. It seems MS does not know how to document API's.

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    On 2010-08-13 22:06, gogalthorp wrote:
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    > If the documentation is any good. It seems MS does not know how to
    > document API's.


    When they want, yes, they do it very well.

    I have a book documenting MsDOS api, and it is real good. Expensive book.

    And another one about windows 3, by somebody else, also good stuff. The ones made by Microsoft were
    too expensive for me.

    Newer versions I don't have, I switched to linux.


    If a MS API is not well documented, is because they simply do not want to.

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    Default Re: State of Exchange 2007 support in openSUSE 11.3

    MSDOS docs used to ship with the DOS disks. LOL I have several. They seem prettify complete except for the secret hidden API's lol Now you are lucky to get a restore disk with the hardware.

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    Default Re: State of Exchange 2007 support in openSUSE 11.3

    I have only limited experience with using Evolution to connect to our Exchange 2003 server a year ago. Given Novell's and MS's 'collaborative solutions' replationship , I would have expected better MAPI support for Exchange 2007

    Interesting Ubnuntu thread on the subject.

    These are interesting too:

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    Default Re: State of Exchange 2007 support in openSUSE 11.3

    I haven't got a need for it, but I saw an interesting project on Sourceforge recently:

    DavMail POP/IMAP/SMTP/Caldav/Carddav/LDAP Exchange Gateway

    Perhaps this is another way to get connected to proprietary Exchange.

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    On 2010-08-14 00:06, gogalthorp wrote:
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    > MSDOS docs used to ship with the DOS disks. LOL I have several. They
    > seem prettify complete except for the secret hidden API's lol Now you
    > are lucky to get a restore disk with the hardware.


    That's not the api documentation, or thechnical reference manual as the called it. This was
    expensive, never freely given. These things often come with a non disclosure agreement, so that if
    you write a program using it you can not redistribute some source files you got - headers and such.
    Which means that it is possible that people that have this api can not write GPL programs with it.

    It could explain why some of the tools to connect to exchange servers are proprietary, too.


    Just a random thought at 3 AM :-)



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    Default Re: State of Exchange 2007 support in openSUSE 11.3

    These things often come with a non disclosure agreement, so that if
    you write a program using it you can not redistribute some source files you got - headers and such.
    Which means that it is possible that people that have this api can not write GPL programs with it.

    It could explain why some of the tools to connect to exchange servers are proprietary, too.
    I wonder how the samba or DavMail developers cope without potential legal issues? Why has Exchange support been so difficult by comaparison?

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