Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce the development roadmap for Zentyal Server 5.0! This will be a new major Zentyal Server version, that will be based on Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and it will be released in November 2016. The expected release date is November 29th.
The Zentyal 5.0 version focuses primarly on improved Samba4 integration, with the goal of offering an easy-to-use Linux server that is natively compatible with the Microsoft® Active Directory. Due to the fast Samba4 development, from this version onwards Zentyal will integrate the latest stable Samba4 packages available upstream for Ubuntu/Debian. This allows quicker introduction of new Samba4 features, fixes and updates to Zentyal.
In addition, Zentyal 5.0 will include HTTP Proxy module and important improvements in Zentyal core to make it compatible with the changes in Ubuntu 16.04 (i.e. Systemd instead of Upstart for daemon management) and the possibility to install packages in Debian systems in the future. Due to the issues found recently in the OpenChange (that offers native synchronization with MS Outlook clients via MAPI protocol), this functionality has been dropped until the issues have been fixed and the module has been stabilized. For the time being, Zentyal can be deployed as a IMAP-POP3 mail server.