Zimbra Collaboration Suite
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Zimbra Collaboration Suite is open source server and client technology for next-generation enterprise messaging and collaboration (email, group calendar, contacts, etc).

End-user benefits include:
  • Browser based AJAX client with search, shared calendar and mail that is integrated with contacts and calendar.
  • Support for Outlook, iCal, App.Mail, contacts and offline mode.
  • Support of Apple, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
Administrator Benefits:
  • Online move, back-up, and recovery of individual or a group of mailboxes.
What's New
Version 7.0.0b1:

ZCS Administration:

  • Added admin console configuration control of the data source polling interval. Polling intervals can be set for POP, IMAP, Calendar, GAL, RSS, Caldav, Live (Microsoft Live Hot mail), and Yab (Yahoo Address Book). This can be set from the account/COS Advanced tab. By default the polling intervals are not enabled. (bug 21199)
  • ZCS now integrated with ClueBringer PolicyD (cbpolicyd). This is packaged as part of the zimbra-mta package and configured to run as a daemon on 127.0.0.1:10031. It is integrated with Postfix as a check_policy_service. The cbpolicyd data base uses sqlite. The default configuration enables quotas module. See Postfix Policyd. (bug 8791)

Full release notes (PDF download) available here.

Version 7.0.0b1:

ZCS Administration:

  • Added admin console configuration control of the data source polling interval. Polling intervals can be set for POP, IMAP, Calendar, GAL, RSS, Caldav, Live (Microsoft Live Hot mail), and Yab (Yahoo Address Book). This can be set from the account/COS Advanced tab. By default the polling intervals are not enabled. (bug 21199)
  • ZCS now integrated more...
Requirements
  • Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Java 1.5





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Maximxygo reviewed on 27 Aug 2010
SMITIPS, that accusation is patently FALSE. Zimbra, which was owned by Yahoo, and is currently owned by VMware, is NOT harvesting emails. Not only is that silly, but you have absolutely no technical evidence to support such a strong statement.

Yes, the Zimbra Desktop software is not fantastic. However, this page is not for Zimbra Desktop, but Zimbra Collaboration Suite, the actual server, which I and many others have been using very successfully for years, and would never give up. It's simply fantastic.

Zimbra has a fantastic reputation in the industry. Not only does Yahoo continue to use Zimbra, but many universities, enterprises (i.e. comcast), and parts of US government use Zimbra. It has a very active open source community behind it as well.
[Version 6.0.8]


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Smtips reviewed on 06 Jun 2010
Just a note on their sister app, the Zimbra Desktop thing. You may want to think twice before giving this company any business. Or expecting them to come to your aid if something in their app breaks.

Horrible app. All this raving about it, I tried to put in my yahoo email and password and it just did nothing. I completely uninstalled it, reinstalled it, tried again and it didn't work just like before. Said it was unable to find yahoo LOL.

But the worst of the whole thing is, I emailed these people well over a week ago and they never responded.

I think this company is attempting to harvest emails and logins for their own use. I would definitely NOT trust a company who refuses to respond to a query about their app where you have to put in your EMAIL PASSWORD.

Beware.
[Version 6.0.6.1]


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mswfujowdffyc reviewed on 10 Mar 2009
After a large deployment on OS X Server hosts, Zimbra has stopped supporting OS X on ppc. Why?

No idea.

But do your homework if have an investment in ppc hardware that is more than adequate for your needs before buying.
[Version 5.0.14]


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Kris Browne commented on 02 Feb 2008
The ownership by Yahoo doesn't trouble me as much as what will happen if(when is more likely) microsoft buys Yahoo. As someone else said, Zimbra really offers a well designed Exchange competitor stack, and I can't see MS letting that stand.
[Version 5.0.2]


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maximxygo commented on 03 Jan 2008
Absolutely no changes whatsoever, besides renaming a Zimblet from "yahoo maps" to "yahoo local." Yahoo plans to (and by all appearances does) operate Zimbra as a separate entity, most likely injecting ZCS components into their online webmail offerings. I know it freaks some people out that Yahoo owns it now (why I don't know... yahoo's turned out to be a pretty respectable company these days), but I (nor other zimbra employees) can see any benefit from Yahoo changing anything about it, nor from killing it outright. It's a truly unique Exchange competitor, and makes its owners decent money... they only benefit from serving their existing target audience better.
[Version 5.0]


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maximxygo reviewed on 02 Jan 2008
Quite simply the best collaboration suite I've ever set up, administered, and used as an end user. The openness of Zimbra really makes it shine beyond the already *amazing* set of built-in functionality. It works wonderfully with iCal (subscribe/publish), WebDAV for "briefcase," plus a TON of other killer features, including an iPhone-optimized interface for mobile devices.

It not only acts as a very cost-effective "replacement" for Outlook, it bests it in every way. I have users using the native AJAX interface, users attached via IMAP using Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail and MobilMail (iPhone), even a few using the chat functions via Jabber in iChat. It all just works, and works *wonderfully.*

Top notch software. The Open Source version is great and FREE (that's what we use), and the Network (paid) edition is stellar, and very inexpensive.
[Version 5.0]

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Jamus replied on 02 Jan 2008
Have you been able to tell any additions/subtractions due to Yahoo? I know several companies that were about to switch over and then heard the news about Yahoo buying it. The switch over plans then stopped cold. A shame too, because it was (maybe still is?) a nice suite.
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Jamus commented on 20 Sep 2007
So I guess this is the first version post-Yahoo?
[Version 4.5.7]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 21 Sep 2007
from macintouch.com today:

"Zimbra, just acquired by Yahoo for $350 million, released Zimbra Collaboration Suite 4.5.7, an update of its server-based, open-source, email/collaboration suite that provides email, calendars, RSS/Atom feeds, tags, and more. It includes support for iSync, Apple Mail, iCal, Thunderbird, Sunbird, Eudora, Outlook, and others. This release adds "219 bug fixes and enhancements," including many stability enhancements for Tomcat and LDAP, and more. Zimbra Open Source Edition is available free for Mac OS X and Linux. An enhanced Network Edition is priced starting at $25 per mailbox per year."
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RealIso commented on 30 Mar 2007
Sorry, but this is a collaboration suite, not just an app. I'm in no way associated with Zimbra but I think you didn't really understand what Zimbra is.

Zimbra is similar to Exchange with OWA. If you don't know what that means and/or have never installed Exchange + OWA, don't even *bother* thinking about considering the option of installing Zimbra.

This is very specific server software and needs an administrator to install - a really good systems administrator with Unix experience. So if you are looking a drag-and-drop-installable groupware (there is no such thing), then this is definitely the wrong app for you.

Zimbra is really nice, you can just go to the website and check it out, there is a demo-version installed where you can test it and see if it could fit your companys requirements and then tell your sysadmin to have a look at it and see if he can install it.
[Version 4.5.4]


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Pedrotaquelim commented on 26 Feb 2007
Hi, Does anybody has a updated review on Zimbra?

I would like very much to know your opinion and experience about this Collaboration suite.

Thanks
[Version 4.5.2]

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Laurent@SGP replied on 22 Nov 2007
There is a commercial use for this in Singapore. It support hundreds of users. It seems to work well for them. However, I do not know what hardware platform was it installed on. I do not have an account to use it but have seen it in use.
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Gaoshan commented on 17 Feb 2006
I'm not reviewing this as I has trouble getting it to work properly.
I AM going to comment on the amount of "stuff" installed and changed on my computer. Zimbra needs to make a number of fundamental changes to your system. For example, it created it's own user and group without asking. I understand that it needs to do this to work but if you install this you need to be aware that uninstalling it will be much more complicated than your average OS X application. There are files and logs and configurations that are changed all over the place. If you have some skill with unix and the command line, you will be able to track them all down... eventually.
[Version 3.0]

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STRob replied on 22 Jul 2006
You are not kidding! This thing installed several packages that required DeInstaller to be run about six times. Even then the directory structure was left in /opt which required command line removal.

In the end couldn't get this running; kept complaining about DNS host name on setup. No app is worth this trouble.
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gdanko replied on 16 Jul 2008
Most folks I've spoken to have said it's pretty easy to set up. Plus, I've set up Exchange and it's certainly no picnic compared to Zimbra. Plus, the price can't be beat.
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Adrian replied on 25 Sep 2011
Easy to set up maybe. But reading the comments here, it certainly sounds like it's hell to get rid of.
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JavaScript had trouble on 05 Sep 2009
Hi all!

I must have done something wrong during install with this thing, because it's nowhere to be seen in my Applications folder... Found some refenreces to it in an Opt folder in my MacintoshHD main folder, but nothing at user level.

How come?

Aside from that, I can't really judge how good this product is, but I remember installing Zimbra Desktop (now shareware?) and using it for a while. It worked fine, but there's one thing I sorely missed that Thunderbird has: an ad-blocker... So I dumped it. I'd like to try this suite, but first I have to install it...
[Version 6.0]

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macsolu replied on 07 Sep 2009
I believe this only works on Mac OS X Server, not on end-user computers.
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Naoh replied on 07 Feb 2010
Zimbra Collaboration Suite is a server. It installs as a background service.

There is no conventional user interface.

It is not an application that you use to read and write emails in the way Thunderbird or Mail.app are.

It can be installed and run on a desktop Mac, but it's not designed for desktop users.
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Date:21 Oct 2010
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Zimbra Collaboration Suite is open source server and client technology for next-generation enterprise messaging and collaboration (email, group calendar, contacts, etc).

End-user benefits include:
  • Browser based AJAX client with search, shared calendar and mail that is integrated with contacts and calendar.
  • Support for Outlook, iCal, App.Mail, contacts and offline mode.
  • Support of Apple, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
Administrator Benefits:
  • Online move, back-up, and recovery of individual or a group of mailboxes.
  • Compatibility with existing LDAP directories.
  • Native hierarchical storage management and clustering.
  • Web services integration with existing enterprise applications.
  • Integrated anti-spam and anti-virus.




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