Specialized Messaging Interest in Linux

Linux is a specialized niche, from a messaging standpoint. Who's most likely to be interested in running messaging servers under it?

We met recently with our friends at Scalix, who offer a nice Linux-based message store accessed by a variety of clients, including Outlook.

According to Scalix, Linux adoption is strongest in organizations with 500 to 15,000 employees. They tend to be in Europe, and in the public sector or higher education.

Higher education and the public sector are more price sensitive, so their interest makes sense. We'd also add ISPs and ASPs as a group more prepared to look at Linux. There's a market for a hosted "Exchange-like" service, but the price point needs to be in the $5-$10/user/month range. This is hard to do with Exchange and Windows, if not impossible.

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