[plug] Zimbra

Chris Hoy Poy chris at hoypoy.id.au
Wed May 4 16:59:58 WST 2011

The opensource version of Zimbra doesn't have ActiveSync - I believe that uses a licensed component for ActiveSync there. 

That and the backups for the OpenSource version are rather simplistic (there are plenty of examples of scripts to stop Zimbra, backup the partition and restart Zimbra though). 

Since it runs Jetty, MySQl and LDAP (among other bits), yah, it is a bit RAM hungry. :) 

VmWare own it now though, and the licensing for it is currently churning from the "inhouse accounting" to VmWare's standard channels - thats all due to happen by the end of June according to the emails I'm getting. 


----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Bowden" <tim.bowden at mapforge.com.au>
To: plug at plug.org.au
Sent: Wednesday, 4 May, 2011 4:52:38 PM
Subject: Re: [plug] Zimbra

On Wed, 2011-05-04 at 16:29 +0800, Brad Campbell wrote:
> G'day all,
> I've been through just about every phone that purported to sync with
> Linux over the years searching for the holy grail (Reliable Calendar
> and Contacts sync).
> When doing my last round of searching I stumbled across Zimbra, which
> I had heard of before but never really looked at. I'm running a small
> company server and I wanted the other guys (windows dudes) to be able
> to use Outlook while I was free to use something sane. On the plus
> side it
> has ActiveSync compatibility and a connector to BlackBerry Enterprise
> Server Express.
> Long story short I installed it up in a fresh Ubuntu VM and had a play
> with it and was impressed enough to request a trial license. I ran up
> an XP VM and installed BESX on it. Then I went and bought a
> blackberry.
> Awesome.. just awesome. Finally I get instant* (where instant is
> anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds) real time sync between my calendar,
> contacts and e-mail.
> Now Zimbra is $399USD for a Starter edition (which buys you all the
> features but only 15 licenses) for a year subscription, but only in
> the US. Of course because we live in Australia we have to pay a 40%
> premium to buy it from a local distributor. Long story short I found a
> bug in
> one of the european on-line e-tailers that would allow me to buy it on
> line and in USD, so I saved a bit on the exchange rate also.
> Last night I poked a port-forward from my public IP for SSL and hooked
> my other half's iPhone up using Activesync. Sweet.. It just works.
> It's taken since 1996, but I finally have a mostly Linux based
> solution that does precisely what I need it to do.
> Yay!
> On a weird note, I walked out the door yesterday to find 2 boxes
> sitting on my door mat. An ADSL router and a Wireless router, both
> brand new
> (one box still had the shrinkwrap on it). No card, no message, nobody
> owning up to putting them there. Looks like I've acquired a hardware
> fairy!
> Brad

The open source version of Zimbra is very near the top of my play list.
Not sure if that one does the sync thing though. Looks like a sweet
product so far. Not got very far yet though. Needs more ram than I
have spare on the server I'm running.

Tim Bowden

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