Open Xchange, 1&1 Ink Largest Open Source Deal Ever

Lora Bentley

In what is being touted as the largest open source deal in history, Open Xchange collaboration solutions provider and 1&1 Communications are partnering to offer hosted open source mail and collaboration services. The joint effort and resulting service, 1&1 MailXchange, is expected to result in 1 million new accounts, according to Web Hosting Industry Review (the WHIR).


1&1 MailXchange is currently available in Germany and slated to arrive in the UK, U.S. and France in a couple of months. The development community will be based in Open Xchange's Olpe, Germany, lab, reports


An Open Xchange exec emphasizes that there is a "clear distinction" between server components, which will be released under the GNU General Public License, and the "digital content/trademarks/Java browser script code," which will be released under a Creative Commons license that provides the attribution protection required by software-as-a-service vendors, CFO Paul Sterne explains.


A 1&1 representative tells WHIR that the company is not looking to take command of the mail server space from Microsoft or Google, but to provide small business customers with a high performance, low-cost alternative. MailXchange is available as a standalone or as an add-on to existing hosting accounts.

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Mar 13, 2007 8:44 AM Roy Schestowitz Roy Schestowitz  says:
Things were being hyped up in the press release. If you count the users, then the number seems impressive. But there's more to that than just software. Red Hat, for instance, is having far more impact. Reply

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