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

LAST UPDATE: January 29th, 2017

In this supplement to our Nextiva review, we focus on how well Nextiva works with faxing on 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. We have not tested solutions such as Wine and other Windows emulators.

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

Linux Compatibility of Nextiva

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 Nextiva through Linux

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

Hiccups with operating Nextiva on Linux

We can find no major hiccups in the operation of Nextiva on Linux based systems.

The only main problem we see involves the use of file formats – Nextiva’s compatible file formats (as listed below) are extremely limited, and most Linux based users will have to convert their documents over to PDF or Microsoft Office based file format to be able to send documents.

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

Nextiva’s Open Source File Format Compatibility

Open Source and Open Format fans will find Nextiva’s service disappointing. Most users will need to convert their files to Microsoft Office or PDF file formats for transmission.

We have attempted to list all of Nextiva’s compatible file formats that are open source.

Image File Formats:

PNG and JPEG are listed as a compatible file format for sending graphics through Nextiva.

Other Open Source Formats:

Text (txt), and HTML files can both be sent through Nextiva.