Best smartphone + linux server + email combination ?
When it comes to making a smartphone talk to a linux-based email server, does any particular smartphone combined with any particular flavor of linux and/or email package stand out from the pack as especially easy to implement ? Or, conversely, any smartphones I should especially stay away from ?
CURRENTLY: Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 which includes integrated MS-Exchange. Four users with Blackberry 8100s (1st gen 'pearl's) connected to the server via 'BES Express'.
MY LINUX EXPERIENCE: I'm no 'Guru', but I've built several linux workstations and laptops (Scientific Linux 6 and Fedora 14). I can kludge the occasional script or text file, but I'm no programmer.
GOAL: 1) Replace the MS SBS 2K3 server with a Linux Server running an email package. Leaning towards RHEL6/SL6 for the Linux, second choice would be either Novell SuSE or Oracle 'Unbreakable Linux' and/or OpenSolaris. 2) Leaning towards Scalix for the email package, but not yet totally convinced. 3) Replace the Blackberrys IF necessary - I like the 8100s but they're due for replacement anyway, so I'm willing to start with a clean slate.
Anybody 'been there done that' in a similar circumstance ? What has worked or hasn't worked for you ?