Installing, configuring, and administering an e-mail and groupware server can be quite a tough job. Scalix is a remarkable open source server of this kind; it is based on HP OpenMail. Scalix can be used by beginners, but in terms of administration, it requires solid know-how. This book targets Linux administrators that intend to work with Scalix e-mail servers.
You have come to the end of this book review. The time has come for us to draw some conclusions and eventually rate this book. But I truly think that my final thoughts shouldn’t surprise anyone considering what you've read about the book until now.
Despite the fact that the book’s language and style isn’t all that complex, we shouldn’t underestimate the niche that this book targets. This book is a highly technical manual—a strong and real reference manual. It deals with the “inner workings” of an email server, so you cannot expect it to be simple and easy.
From the user's perspective, working with Scalix is very easy and, thus, preferred by beginners. However, system administrators need to have a certain amount of “know-how” in order to fully master Scalix.
Even the author points out that the book is written for Linux Administrators who wish to set up an email server for businesses or those who wish to switch to Scalix from another email server. Therefore, the target audience is Linux system administrators. Nobody should misunderstand this because it’s important.
Summing up, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book for those people that fit into the targeted audience. All in all, I am rating this book a 5/5. The book delivers what it promises in a comprehensive and straightforward manner, and the content is valid. The author has done his best to guide you through the most difficult administration tasks.
Before we finish, please bear with me as I’d like to thank everyone over at PACKT Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book. I’ve had the good fortune to be in touch with Duane Moraes from their team and he has shown a great deal of professionalism and business expertise.
Moreover, I would also like to congratulate the author, Markus Feilner, on finishing and publishing his second book. I am positive that a lot of system administrators will flip through this book. It is a necessary reference manual because fighting with Scalix’s documentation is pretty hard.
We all know that lots of official docs are outdated and that crucial content is spread around forums. Because it brings together material that might take days to find online by wandering through various forums, this book is a real timesaver. It is a concise and easy-to-use how-to covering the administration strategies of Scalix Community Edition.