Rich support for Linux e-mail clients and platform independent Web e-mail client that will run on the Linux desktop should be a key requirement for an email/messaging platform. The functionality of Linux e-mail clients, especially Web e-mail, continues to evolve and expand past basic e-mail to include functions like rich e-mail functionality, calendaring, group scheduling, spam filtering, PDA synchronization, contacts, directories, and more. In many corporate environments, extended functionality like this is a requirements for deployment of Linux on the desktop.
Today, desktop Linux users can choose from a variety of e-mail clients, including Mozilla, Ximian Evolution, and KMail as well as Web e-mail. Linux e-mail client applications all support the internet standards (POP3, IMAP4, LDAP) for access to messaging facilities making them compatible with virtually all messaging servers on the market today.
This was first published in March 2004