MyFax Review – Linux and Open Source – Sending, Receiving, and Faxing

In this supplement to our MyFax review we focus on how well MyFax works with Linux operating systems and how well it caters to users of Open Source software.

Most of the information here is valid for users who will only be using an online fax service through remote interfaces (for example travelling heavily), or for users who are using other non-Windows / non-Mac operating systems with email and web access (Unix, Solaris, BeOS, Citrix, etc.), as well the information here should apply to all distributions of Linux with email and web access (Mint, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Debian, openSUSE, Arch Linux, etc.).

Everything in this supplement only reviews the native-Linux ability to run a system. Wine and other Windows emulators are not tested.

Alternatively, users can always install a Windows based virtual machine to run any options that are not working in Linux. Most of the options that do not work through web and email faxing are only changed infrequently.

In general, we find that MyFax has a good selection of Open Source file formats that are compatible with the system, while Linux users will find that almost all of MyFax’s functionality is in place. Full use of MyFax can happen for users of Linux and other non-Windows operating systems.

Linux Compatibility of MyFax

While we can find no online fax service that caters to the Linux community specifically, we have found that certain services are better for Linux users than others.

The best way to analyze the compatibility of an online fax service with Linux is to look at it from the perspective of a user who is exclusively cloud based.

Sending and Receiving Faxes with MyFax through Linux

Sending and receiving faxes works well with MyFax on Linux – since the service is entirely email and web interface based, all the functions involving sending faxes over the web or over email work well.

Hiccups with operating eFax on Linux

Everything covered in our MyFax review will work for Linux users, with the only exception being the MyFax print driver that lets users fax directly from a file through the print drive – this option is not available to users of Linux.

Overall, MyFax’s service is fairly seamless across operating systems because of its focus on web and email based operations.

MyFax’s Open Source File Format Compatibility

For users of Linux and fans of open source in general, Open Office and Star Office are often the primary choices for an office suite.

We have attempted to list all of MyFax’s compatible file formats that are open source, as well some others (such as Star Office formats) that are frequently used in the open source community.

Open Office / Open Document File Support:

OpenDocument Drawing (ODG), Presentation (ODP), Spreadsheet (ODS), and Text (ODT) are all supported by MyFax.

Image File Formats:

PNG and JPEG is listed as a compatible file format for sending graphics through MyFax.

Other Open Source Formats:

Text (txt), ANSI Text, ANSI Text, HTML files can both be sent through MyFax.

Star Office File Support:

StarOffice Drawing (SXD), Presentation (SXI), Spreadsheet (SXC), and Text Document (SXW) are all supported by MyFax.

More on Faxing with Linux:

Complete MyFax Review

MyFax Comparison Guides