The Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce another milestone in the development of the next stable Zentyal release (Zentyal 3.0): a new Zentyal 2.3 installer is now available for testing! This installer features the first alpha version of Kerberos, Zarafa integration and a brand new core that should significantly improve the speed and responsiveness of the UI.
The new installer, for both 32- and 64-bit architectures, is available at the Beta Downloads page. It is also possible to install the 2.3 packages on an existing Ubuntu Server 12.04 following the instructions on the Installation Guide. The highlights of this new release are:
- New core: the configuration back-end and the model manager have been rewritten providing better configuration caching and on-demand loading of models. You should notice better performance and lower memory consumption.
- First version of the Kerberos integration providing the Single Sign-On (SSO) feature. This will allow your users to access the network services introducing their username and password only once. Currently it’s only implemented on Mail and Proxy.
- Integration of the Zarafa module, featuring Zarafa 7.1 with its new web interface (classical one is also still available if you prefer it).
- Renewed GUIs to ease the configuration and management of DHCP and Traffic Shaping.
So, it is testing time and we are looking forward to your feedback and bug reports through the Forum and Trac! Please note that a fresh installation is recommended due to the major changes in the Zentyal internals. Please also remember that Zentyal 2.3 is a beta version and it is not intended for production environments. Zentyal 3.0, the next stable release, will be released in September 2012.