OpenXchange unveiled its Express Edition this week. Targeted to small businesses, the open source collaboration solution allows users to leverage the "cost benefits of open source without requiring prior Linux know-how," according to marketing materials. It is built on Ubuntu Linux.
What I didn't realize until Matt Asay pointed it out in his blog on Monday is that OpenXchange has SuSE roots. In fact, many of OpenXchange's management team are former SuSE leaders. So what brought about the change? Asay doesn't say -- though he does note it speaks highly of Ubuntu's stability. The fact that the product is targeted to small businesses may mean that the choice was merely a matter of keeping costs down but, like Asay, I suspect there's more to the story.
In any case, it's an interesting variation on our continuing Ubuntu vs. SuSE discussion.