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On July 16, Open-Xchange announced the immediate availability of Open-Xchange Express Edition. This is a full-featured collaboration designed to make it easy for small and midsize businesses to take advantage of the cost benefits of open source without requiring prior Linux know-how.

OXEE (Open-Xchange Express Edition) transforms a bare metal computer into a fully-functional collaboration server running on Ubuntu Linux. The package includes all the tools required by companies to facilitate communication and efficient teamwork. It doesn’t require any additional operating system or any other prior software to work.

In a statement, Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical Ltd. and founder of Ubuntu, said, “Ubuntu has radically changed the economics of IT for small business owners. Integrated, ready-to-work software solutions like Open-Xchange Express on Ubuntu make it easier for non-technical SMBs to increase productivity and spur innovation while reducing their IT costs at the same time.”

Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Open-Xchange Releases Ubuntu-based SMB Groupware