Zentyal Development Teams is glad to announce that the tentative Zentyal 3.0 roadmap has now been published. The roadmap has been based both on community proposals and ideas, external technical requirements (new Ubuntu Server LTS version) and specific needs the Development Team sees necessary to address to keep improving the project.

As already mentioned during the Zentyal Summit, the proposed main development lines for Zentyal 3.0 are the upgrade to Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS, better integration with Ubuntu in general, improvements on the Desktop side and better user experience.

For details, please check the trac. As this is not the definitive roadmap, you can give your feedback and participate in the conversation about it through the Forum.

After somewhat longer beta period than initially expected, Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce that the upgrade tool to migrate from Zentyal 2.0 to Zentyal 2.2 is now ready! Special thanks go to all those Zentyal users who helped in the testing process and gave useful feedback to improve the tool!

Information on how to use the tool, known issues, etc. is available at the Trac. As migrating a production server is a complex task that may lead to problems, it is recommended to do the migration out of office hours, making sure that it is possible to restore a backup if anything goes wrong during the process.

If you come up with any issues, please report through the Forum. On the other hand, if you have a critical production environment and you want to count on Zentyal Development Team’s help for the migration, you can always opt for commercial support.

Enjoy the new Zentyal 2.2 server!

Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce that the first version of Zentyal Migration Tool for Windows Server is now available. This tool aims at making the migration process from existing Windows server environments to Zentyal-based Linux environments significantly easier.

At the moment the Zentyal Migration Tool includes Active Directory synchronization and exportation of basic DHCP and DNS settings from Windows servers to Zentyal. The tool is made available together with extensive documentation, as well as detailed information on how to migrate from Microsoft Exchange to Linux with Zentyal and Zarafa Groupware.

Please let us know through the Forum if you come up with any issues or have any suggestions for improvements. Our aim is to progressively improve this tool, allowing to extract more data to make the replacement of Windows servers with Zentyal as easy as possible.

Zentyal, developer of the Zentyal Linux small business server, announced today the program for upcoming Zentyal Summit 2011, that will take place on the 11th and 12th of November in Zaragoza, Spain. Zentyal Summit offers a meeting place to share experiences, meet and discuss with other Zentyal users and developers, discuss the roadmap of the next release and attend training sessions.

Keynote speaker of the Summit is Roberto Galoppini, Senior Director of Business Development at SourceForge, who has over 20 years experience in the computer industry, and has spent the last 10 years working in the intersection of open source software and business development. His talk “From Projects to Products” will take a look on how open source projects can turn in to commercially viable products and how SourceForge can help in the process.

The Summit program covers a large number of topics related to Zentyal, from commercial aspects to Zentyal server use cases, community talks and technical workshops, aimed at current and potential Zentyal customers, partners, community members and users. There is no registration fee for participating in the event, but seats are limited so early registration is highly recommended. Both the program and registration form can be found at the Summit website.

Zentyal Summit 2011 will be held right after the Libre Software World Conference 2011, that will take place in Zaragoza on the 9th and 10th of November. The Summit is sponsored by the Local Government of Aragón, Zaragoza City Council, Business Consortium for Open Source Software in Aragón (CESLA) and National Reference Center for ICT Based on OSS (CENATIC).

The Zentyal Development Team announced today the release of Zentyal 2.2, a new major release of the Zentyal Linux small business server. Zentyal aims at providing small and medium businesses a professional, reliable and secure server solution, that is yet easy to use and affordable.

Zentyal 2.2 introduces major performance improvements, reducing the installation time and improving the user interface responsiveness by 30%. Besides, a number of usability improvements have taken place, making the server installation, configuration and management easier and more accessible for SMB users with no earlier experience on Linux.

This version features fully new Captive Portal module, that offers the possibility to limit user access to the Internet through a login page. Captive portals are typically used at WiFi hotspots, but also in wired networks at hotels, schools or airports where users need to authenticate prior gaining Internet access.

In addition, Zentyal 2.2 introduces a bunch of new features, such as IPsec and, PPTP support, Administrator audit logging, Virtual machine management, Zarafa 7 integration, Ad-blocker or the ability to run Zentyal from a USB stick. Moreover, to celebrate the new release, improved free Basic Subscription was recently launched to give users access to basic alerts, reports, remote monitoring and management options directly from the Zentyal Cloud at no cost.

Zentyal users are invited to participate in Zentyal Summit 2011, to be held on November 11-12, to learn more about this version and discuss the roadmap of the next stable Zentyal version.

For additional information, please check out the Detailed Announcement or the full changelog.

Zentyal announced today the preliminary program for the upcoming Zentyal Summit 2011, that is to be held in November 11-12, in Zaragoza, Spain. The current draft version includes talks given by Zentyal Development Team on topics such as: Business opportunities based on Zentyal, Zentyal vs. Windows solutions for small and medium businesses and Zentyal 3.0 roadmap.

In addition, an open discussion on Zentyal community governance has been included to the program, as well as three practical workshops: Zentyal server maintenance with Zentyal Cloud, Best practices deploying a Zentyal Server and How to customize Zentyal configuration files (by using hooks and templates). Partners’, users’ and community’s interests and requirements have been taken into account when defining this preliminary program.

The call for talks will close on the 24th of September. Both submitted and anticipated talk proposals are being taken into account and the definitive program will be announced in October. Potential speakers are encouraged to submit their talk proposals and it is also possible to register to the event at the Zentyal Summit website.

About Zentyal Summit
Zentyal Summit offers a meeting place to share experiences, meet and discuss with other Zentyal users and developers, discuss the roadmap of the next release, attend training sessions or take the ZeCA certification exam. The summit is open to all and it is specially aimed at current and potential Zentyal customers, partners, community members and users.

Zentyal Summit 2011 will be held right after the Libre Software World Conference 2011, that will take place in Zaragoza on the 9th and 10th of November. There is no registration fee for participating in Zentyal Summit, but seats are limited so early registration is highly recommended.

A new, stable version of Zentyal (Zentyal 2.2) will be released on the 14th of September 2011 and the Zentyal Development Team will be happy to celebrate the occasion with friends, fans, users and customers with a release party!

The party will be held in Zaragoza (Spain), city where the project started and everybody is warmly welcome to paint the town red together with Zentyal Team and enjoy a concert by the local band Iron Maños. The exact address of the party is: La Bóveda/Albergue de Zaragoza, C/ Predicadores 70, Zaragoza.

Confirm you participation at event’s Facebook page. If you are too far to attend, hold your Zentyal Release Party in your own town – Simply add the coordinates and the time of the party in the event’s Facebook page comments!

Zentyal, the developer of the Linux small business server of the same name, today announced the first Zentyal Summit taking place in Zaragoza (Spain) on the 11th and 12th of November 2011. The event offers a meeting place to share experiences, meet and discuss with other Zentyal users and developers, discuss the roadmap of the next release, attend training sessions or take the ZeCA certification exam. The summit is open to all and it is specially aimed at current and potential Zentyal customers, partners, community members and users.

The Summit program will include presentations on Zentyal server use cases, migration and integration projects, community collaborations and initiatives, as well as partner and customer experiences and practical training workshops. Zentyal Summit will be held right after the Libre Software World Conference 2011, that will take place in Zaragoza on the 9th and 10th of November.

“We believe that we’ve come to the point where it is necessary for the people involved in the project to meet once a year to chat, exchange experiences, make business contacts, engage with developers and community members, plan the next release or just have fun and share some time together. Zentyal Summit is that meeting place!” said Ignacio Correas, Zentyal CEO.

The call for talks is now open and it is also possible to register to the event at the Zentyal Summit website. The preliminary program will be published shortly and the definitive program will announced in October.

The Zentyal Development Team is glad to announce that the second Zentyal 2.2 release candidate (Zentyal 2.2-rc2) is now available for download! This version includes all the bug fixes done since the release of the rc1, the “Recover from a disaster” menu has been restored to the installer and as a surprise, it also includes experimental USB support for users without a CD drive!

The new installer can be downloaded from the Beta Downloads Page. Users who already have installed Zentyal 2.2-rc1, can also upgrade their packages to the latest available versions via Zentyal server UI. Please note that this version is not intended for production environments.

The release of the next stable Zentyal version (Zentyal 2.2) is estimated for the 3rd week of September. As the release date is approaching fast, your help in finding bugs now is crucial to make this a great release, so remember to report any bugs you come up with via Zentyal UI, bug tracker or Forum! To liven up the bug hunt, we will reward the most active bug-reporters as well as the persons who report the trickiest bugs with Zentyal t-shirts (check out the FAQ)!

Happy testing!

The Zentyal Development Team is proud to announce the availability of the first Zentyal 2.2 release candidate (Zentyal 2.2-rc1)! This version comes with all the Zentyal 2.2 features and the Development Team is challenging Zentyal users to test the release extensively and report any issues they come up with, to help to make a great Zentyal 2.2 release. From now on, the Development Team will focus on bugfixing, polishing details as well as preparing easy migration process from Zentyal 2.0 to Zentyal 2.2.

Besides having done plenty of bugfixing, the following improvements can be highlighted in this release:

  • Based on the fresh new Ubuntu 10.04.03 LTS
  • Administrator audit logging
  • Zarafa 7 integration
  • Usability and performance improvements
  • Many improvements in the VM management module
  • The new installer can be downloaded from the Beta Downloads Page. Users who already have Zentyal 2.1 installed can also try upgrading to the latest available packages via Zentyal server UI, although the upgrade is not guaranteed to be problem-free. However, the Development Team will be pleased to help users who want to try the upgrade and report any issues via the Beta Testing board in the Forum.

    Please read the release notes (details about Zarafa and the new Administrator audit logging feature) and give your feedback through the Forum! Happy testing!